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When is Spousal Support or Alimony Awarded in Vermont?

In Vermont, a court may award maintenance if it finds that the spouse seeking the maintenance lacks sufficient income and property to provide for his or her reasonable needs and is unable to support himself or herself through appropriate employment at the standard of living established during marriage or is the custodian of children of the parties.  In determining the amount and duration of appropriate maintenance, the court may consider: the time and expense necessary to acquire sufficient education or training to enable the party seeking maintenance to find appropriate employment; the standard of living established during the civil marriage;  the duration of the civil marriage; the age and the physical and emotional condition of each spouse; the ability of the spouse from whom maintenance is sought to meet his or her reasonable needs while meeting those of the spouse seeking maintenance; and inflation with relation to the cost of living. (Vermont Statutes Title 15 Domestic Relations Chapter 11 Annulment and Divorce Section 752) 

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