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Vermont Spousal Support/Maintenance/Alimony Factors

In Vermont the support payments (if any) can certainly influence how the marital property distribution is awarded, which is why it can become a very intricate part of the final outcome of any divorce. Keeping this in mind, if you and your spouse are unable to reach and agreement on this issue, the Family Court will order support from one spouse to the other on a case-by-case basis as follows:

The court will consider the following when making a spousal maintenance order: (a) the financial resources of the party desiring maintenance; (b) the time and expense necessary to acquire sufficient education or training to enable the party seeking maintenance to find appropriate employment; (c) the standard of living established while married; (d) the duration of the marriage; (e) the age and health condition of each spouse; (f) 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 (g) inflation with relation to the cost of living. (Vermont Statutes - Title 15 - Section 752 and 757)

You can also read more about Vermont spousal support in the Vermont state statutes located at: http://www.leg.state.vt.us/.