Areas of Practice

Divorce

Vermont is a no fault state which means that the court can grant a divorce without a party having to allege that their spouse has been at fault, such as ...

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Custody

In Vermont, custody is called parental rights and responsibilities. The court relies on statutory factors such as the ability of a parent to meet a child’s present and future needs, ...

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Spousal Maintenance and Child Support

Spousal maintenance may be awarded on a temporary (rehabilitative) or permanent basis, depending on the needs of the person requesting support and the ability of the other spouse to pay, ...

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Relief from abuse and cases involving domestic violence

Violence or abuse is a pattern of behavior used to establish power and control over another person through fear and intimidation, often including the threat or actual use of violence. ...

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Appeals

A losing party may ask a higher court to review a lower court’s decision – this is called “taking an appeal.” Appeals normally focus on questions of law as applied ...

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Juvenile cases including guardianships

The legal relationship that exists between a person (the guardian) appointed by a court to take care of and manage the property of a person (the ward) who does not ...

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Parentage

In parentage cases the court makes orders that say who the child’s legal parents are. If parents are married when a child is born, there is usually no question about parentage. ...

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Pre/post nuptial agreements

Pre-Nuptial Agreements A Pre-nuptial Agreement is a contract between a couple planning marriage that expresses their decisions regarding debts, assets, property, finances and other matters. Most frequently, Pre-nuptial Agreements define rights ...

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First Offense DUI

Driving under the influence (DUI) is commonly called “drunk driving;” it refers to operating a motor vehicle while one’s blood alcohol content is above the legal limit set by statute, ...

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Misdemeanor Criminal Charges

Misdemeanors are crimes that do not rise to the severity of a felony. They are lesser crimes for which the maximum sentence is 2 years or less in jail. The ...

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Review of Placement on Child Abuse Registry

The Vermont Child Protection Registry is a database of all substantiated reports of child abuse and neglect, dating back to January 1, 1992. If you were substantiated for child abuse and neglect, ...

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Appeals before the Fair Hearing Board

What Is a Fair Hearing? A Fair Hearing is a legal proceeding. It’s kind of like a meeting. Who will be at the meeting? A Hearing Officer, AHS’ lawyer, and you. ...

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