Vermont Grounds for Divorce

The Complaint for Divorce is the initial document filed with the Vermont court. It is in this document that the filing spouse will request the court to terminate the marriage under certain specified grounds.

The court may grant a divorce from the bond of matrimony for the following reasons:

No-Fault Based Grounds:
(1) Living separate and apart for a period of at least 6 months with no chance of the marriage being saved.

Fault Based Grounds:
(1) Adultery; (2) Imprisonment for a period of 3 or more years. (3) For intolerable severity in either party; (4) For willful desertion or when either party has been absent for seven years and not heard of during that time; (5) On complaint of either party when one spouse has sufficient pecuniary or physical ability to provide suitable maintenance for the other and, without cause, persistently refuses or neglects so to do; (6) Incurable insanity. (Vermont Statutes - Title 15 - Section 551 and 555)

Every divorce case that is filed in the state of Vermont must declare the grounds in which the divorce is to be granted. The grounds for divorce must be substantiated with evidence or testimony otherwise the court may dismiss the case. When you are petitioning the court for a divorce, or agreeing to a divorce, make sure that you completely understand the grounds and any potential legal repercussions. If you would like to learn more about the Vermont grounds, visit the Vermont state statutes located at: