Vermont Divorce Records

Are Vermont divorce records publicly accessible?

Divorce records are generally considered to be public information in Vermont. However to protect the safety and privacy of the parties involved, especially children and the victims of violence or abuses, some information contained in a divorce record can be redacted or sealed so that it cannot be obtained randomly by anyone.

How to find a divorce record in Vermont?

In order to find a divorce record in Vermont, you will need to know the county or city the person is from. If you have this information, you can search for the county or city divorce records in the court of that place, either in-person or online. You can also search through a statewide database in the state court or other official government websites at the state level. Specifically, you can look up the divorce records in Vermont at the websites below:

 

What information does a Vermont divorce record contain?

A divorce record in Vermont will contain all the documents created during the divorce, including the divorce certificate (a document that states the dissolution of a marriage), and the divorce decree (a court order that is issued by a judge to officially end a marriage). It will also include all the related files and a summary of the issues that were contested in the divorce proceedings.

Usually, by searching a divorce record in Vermont, you’ll get information about:

  • Names of both spouses
  • Date of marriage
  • Date of divorce
  • Asset division and custody arrangements
 

What are divorce certificates in Vermont?

A Vermont divorce certificate is a legal document that confirms the marriage has been legally terminated. It includes the basic information of the divorce (such as the date and location) as well as the parties involved (their names). You’ll be able to get the divorce certificate from the office that is keeping track of the divorce records in Vermont, and a lot of the time use it as a simple proof of divorce. A Vermont divorce certificate is a document that works in some limited uses: showing you’re single, applying for a name change, getting a passport or visa.

What are divorce decrees in Vermont?

A divorce decree in Vermont is a document from the court that legally dissolves a marriage. Issued by a judge, it contains more details than a divorce certificate. The exact content of a decree will vary depending on jurisdiction but typically includes:

  • The date of the divorce
  • The names and addresses of both spouses
  • The custody arrangements for any minor children
  • Any alimony or child support payments, and how they should be paid
  • Any property settlements agreed upon by both parties
 

There are different ways to find a divorce decree in Vermont. You can go to the clerk’s office to request a copy of this document, or search for it through the online legal database.