Vermont Child Custody Laws

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Vermont Child Custody

Vermont child custody will be awarded based upon the best interests of the child, and upon a consideration of all relevant factors, including the following:
  • the wishes of the parents;

  • the child's adjustment to his or her home, school, and community; 

  • the relationship of the child with parents, siblings, and other significant family members;

  • the ability and disposition of each parent to provide love, affection, and guidance; 

  • the ability of each parent to provide food, clothing, medical care, other material needs, and a safe environment; 

  • the ability of each parent to meet the child's present and future developmental needs;

  • the ability and disposition of each parent to foster a positive relationship and frequent and continuing contact with the other parent, including physical contact unless it will result in harm to the child or parent; 

  • the quality of the child's relationship with the primary care provider, given the child's age and development; and 

  • the ability and disposition of the parents to communicate, cooperate with each other, and make joint decisions concerning the children where parental rights and responsibilities are to be shared.

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