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Annulments in Vermont
In Vermont, a marriage ends by death, divorce - or annulment. A divorce ends a valid marriage. An annulment means the court has decided that no valid marriage existed. Annulments in Vermont can only be done under very limited circumstances.
An order granting annulment means the parties were never legally married. However, the Vermont court can still decide the custody, visitation, child support, alimony, and property division.
Children of annulled marriages are still legitimate in Vermont; they have the same rights as children of legal marriages, including support and inheritance.
Vermont law on annulment is in the Vermont Statutes Annotated Title 15, Chapter 11.
Some of these legal grounds have specific rules including:
The plaintiff files a Complaint for Annulment in the superior court for the county where either partner lives. Either party must have lived in the county for at least six months. The complaint includes basic information about the parties - the spouses’ names, ages, addresses, the date and place of marriage. It also includes the grounds for annulment and the desired relief in issues that include child custody, child support, visitation, alimony, and property division.
The defendant must receive a copy of the complaint.
After the defendant has been served with the complaint, the court schedules a hearing in court where the plaintiff proves the annulment. This may include evidence to support the grounds. Witnesses who can support the argument may testify, too. The statements of the plaintiff are not considered sufficient proof. If the judge believes the case, he or she grants the annulment.
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