DIVORCE FILING PROCEDURES
FOR PARENTS WITH MINOR CHILDREN
1. If you want to begin the divorce process, go to the Clerk's Office at your local family
court or to the court’s website at www.vermontjudiciary.org. Ask for:
Informational pamphlets about the divorce process
• Forms needed to file for divorce
Information on the court's Divorce Education Program, called the Pro Se
Information on the court's Workshops to assist people to file for divorce, if
available in your county.
2. Attend the Pro Se Education Program. Ask the Clerk's Office about the next
scheduled program, which is mandatory if you are not represented by an attorney.
3. Fill out these Forms:
• Cover Sheet (Form #800)
• Summons, Complaint for Divorce, Notice of Appearance, and Affidavit of Child
Custody (Form #836)
• Affidavit of Income and Assets (Form #813)
• Child Support Order, page 1 only (Form #802)
• Health Department Vermont Record of Divorce or Annulment
• Affidavit of Military Service
• NOTE: You may choose to fill out a separate Notice of Appearance (Form#
831), Summons (Form#832), Complaint For Divorce (Form #833) and
Affidavit Of Child Custody (Form #834) instead of the Combined Form #836.
4. a. Mail or hand-deliver the forms listed above to the court, along with a $250.00
filing fee, check payable to the Vermont Family Court. (You also need to discuss with
the court staff how this paperwork is going to be served on your spouse, and pay
those fees. (See “pamphlet #22, Serving the Paperwork) If you do not have enough
money to pay the fee and cost of service, you may file an Application to waive the
fees (to proceed In Forma Pauperis, Form #228) Ask the Court Clerk for details.
b. If you and your spouse are in full agreement with the conditions of your divorce, it
may be possible for your filing fee to be reduced. If the following documents are fully
completed, if both you and your spouse mutually agree upon the terms of the final
divorce, and if the court/judge finds the