Vermont Divorce Lawyers Providing Compassionate Guidance
At Catamount Law, PLLC, we understand how the end of a marriage takes a toll on people. It is not just the emotional stress, but the financial burden as well. As experienced Vermont divorce lawyers, we know how to help people navigate the sometimes difficult divorce process, making sure you understand what is happening at every step. We always take the time to make sure you understand the choices before you as well as the likely consequences of each of these choices. Our goal is to make the process as stress-free as we can while looking out for your best interests.
Guidance Through Spousal Maintenance Negotiations
When the court determines that spousal maintenance (also known as alimony) is appropriate, it looks at several different factors to decide how much the spousal maintenance should be. Vermont law does not split assets 50-50. Each divorce is treated as a unique case, and there is no formula for calculating what support payments will be. The main factors considered by the court in determining spousal maintenance include:
- The income and assets of each spouse
- The age of each spouse
- The physical and emotional health of each spouse
- The length of the marriage
- The standard of living experienced during the marriage
If both parties are in agreement, the court allows ex-spouses to determine their own support arrangement as long as it is fair to both. We can help negotiate arrangements in those situations. It should also be noted that if a spouse remarries, support payments do not end by default. We also help people attempting to modify or end support payments when their ex-spouse remarries.
Protecting Your Assets During The Division Of Marital Property
The division of marital property is often the most contentious part of divorce. Because equitable does not always mean 50-50, there is a strong incentive for the greedy or bitter to try to manipulate the laws in their favor. It is not uncommon for spouses to try to hide assets or misrepresent their value. To ensure that your marital assets are split equitably, you need a legal team skilled in this aspect of divorce.
We work in collaboration with a network of experts in the fields of accounting, appraisal and asset-management. If necessary, we will employ forensic accountants to find foreign accounts and other “hidden” assets. At Catamount Law, PLLC, you will find family law attorneys with the resources to ensure that your family’s long-term personal and financial interests are protected.