Vermont Court Forms for Divorce — Divorce Papers

When filing for divorce in Vermont, you will need to complete several forms: usually twelve forms if you have minor children, and ten if you do not.

Before you can fill out the paperwork, you and your spouse will need to come to agreement on many different details about financial decisions (and parenting decisions if you have kids). If you are are not in agreement, then mediation can usually help you come to a mutually-agreeable solution.

After you have come to agreement on the various details, the mediator can help you fill out the paperwork, or you can fill it out yourself. Assuming you are in agreement, you can submit the paperwork at the courthouse, and pay a $90 filing fee. (If you are unable to come to agreement, you will need to file a contested divorce, which has a $295 filing fee, and will most likely result in a longer court process.)

Below are the forms that need to be filed with the court. Download each one and either fill out the PDF, or print and fill them out by hand.

Court Forms for Divorce: with Children

Form 800 — Information Sheet
General contact information about each party.

Form 836 — Summons and Complaint
This is the document that initiates the divorce process.

Form 844 — Acceptance of Service
This is for the defendant to acknowledge the Summons and Complaint.

Form 837 — Answer and Notice of Appearance
The Answer is the Defendant’s reply to the statements made in the Complaint.

Form 878 — Final Stipulation (property, debts and spousal support)
The Stipulation details how you will divide your marital assets and debts, and how much spousal support will be paid, if any.

Form 841 — Motion to Waive Final Hearing
You can request that the final hearing be waived. The judge will decide whether the hearing can be waived.

Form 849 — Statement of Confidential Information
This document keeps your (and your children’s) social security numbers private, and not recorded as a public document.

Form 825 —PRR & PCC Agreement
This document details how decisions will be made and what the parent-child contact schedule will be.

Form 813A — Financial affidavit: Income and expenses
List all your income and expenses in this document. Each person needs to fill out his/her own form.

Form 813B — Financial affidavit: Property and assets
List all the assets, debts, and property that you own jointly or separately.

Form 802 — Child Support Order
Fill out the first page of this form.

Dept. of Health, Record of Divorce
This form records the divorce with the Department of Health.

Court Forms for Divorce: no Children

Form 800 — Information Sheet
General contact information about each party.

Form 836 — Summons and Complaint
This is the document that initiates the divorce process.

Form 844 — Acceptance of Service
This is for the defendant to acknowledge the Summons and Complaint.

Form 837 — Answer and Notice of Appearance
The Answer is the Defendant’s reply to the statements made in the Complaint.

Form 878 — Final Stipulation (property, debts and spousal support)
The Stipulation details how you will divide your marital assets and debts, and how much spousal support will be paid, if any.

Form 841 — Motion to Waive Final Hearing
You can request that the final hearing be waived. The judge will decide whether the hearing can be waived.

Form 849 — Statement of Confidential Information
This document keeps your social security numbers private, and not recorded as a public document.

Dept. of Health, Record of Divorce
This form records the divorce with the Department of Health.

Form 813A — Financial affidavit: Income and expenses
List all your income and expenses in this document. Each person needs to fill out his/her own form. If you don’t have children, you don’t need to submit this form to the court, but you must share it with each other, and you must check the second box on #13 on Form 878.

Form 813B — Financial affidavit: Property and assets
List all the assets, debts, and property that you own jointly or separately. If you don’t have children, you don’t need to submit this form to the court, but you must share it with each other, and you must check the second box on #13 on Form 878.