Essex VT Divorce Mediation Basics
Our Essex VT divorce mediation can be an alternative to lengthy, public court battles. Our divorce mediator can assist with a settlement agreement on issues like property division, alimony, child support and child custody, and more.
In Vermont, an uncontested divorce is also known as “stipulated divorce” (as opposed to a contested divorce that must go before the courts for determination of important issues). Stipulated or uncontested divorce requires a written marital settlement agreement to avoid the more lengthy court process of a contested divorce.
To qualify for stipulated divorce in Essex, you must agree on all important issues and file a written settlement agreement that details the agreements between the spouses. You must also meet certain residency requirements (six months for one spouse; the final hearing cannot be held until one spouse has also lived in the state for a full year). Vt. Stat. tit. 15, §§ 551, 592 (2021).
To file an uncontested divorce in Essex, you’ll also have to identify a no-fault ground for stipulated divorce, and live separately for at least six months.
The Vermont Judiciary provides forms for stipulated divorce that you’ll need when you’re ready to file. You can find where to file using the family division court location information. The Judiciary also provides useful information you’ll need to know for filing in Essex VT. Vt. Court Rules, Rules for Family Proceedings, rule 4.0 (2021).
You can save time and money by first working with a mediator to resolve your disputes. Our Essex VT divorce mediation can save you significant time and money when you use a divorce mediator to assist with your divorce settlement agreement.
For more information on Essex VT divorce mediation, visit DivorceNet’s page on divorce in Vermont.
Divorce mediation offers a number of advantages, including:
- lower cost,
- freedom to make informed decisions,
- control, and
You and your spouse control the outcome of divorce mediation, not the courts.
For divorce mediation to be successful, it’s important that both spouses engage in good faith. Mediation will likely not be successful if one spouse is more interested in harming the other spouse than resolving disputes over property or child custody arrangements. If both spouses engage in good faith, though, mediation can save significant time and money for both spouses.