What are Grounds for Divorce in Vermont?

In Vermont, a divorce may be granted if the court finds: (1) adultery occurred; (2) one party was sentenced to hard labor in prison for at least 3 years and is serving that sentence when the divorce petition is filed; (3) intolerable severity in either party; (4) willful desertion or when either party has been absent and not heard from for 7 or more years; (5) that one party has the means to support the other party and has persistently refused or neglected to do so; (6) incurable sanity; or (7) that the couple has lived apart for six consecutive months and the resumption of marital relations is not reasonably probable. (Vermont Statutes Title 15 Domestic Relations Chapter 11 Annulment and Divorce Section 551) 

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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