How much does it cost to file? Do I need a lawyer?
The Vermont Judiciary website posts a list of fees for certain cases. Click here to access it. If you do not see the fee for the case you are filing, or have questions, you can call the local courthouse to ask what the fee is and, if you are a low-income person, you can ask if there is a fee waiver available. Go here to find the courthouse near you: VT Courthouse Locations.
Although you do not need a lawyer to file, it is almost always best to have a lawyer help you if you can get one. This can help make sure that your rights and your children’s rights are protected. If you cannot afford a lawyer, you may be able to find sources of free or low-cost legal help on our VT Finding a Lawyer page.
If you are unable to get a lawyer, you can get the forms you need at the local courthouse or you can visit our Download Court Forms Page for links to some of these forms online.
You should know that court workers cannot tell you whether you should bring your case to court or what will happen if you do. Even if you plan on representing yourself, it may be helpful for you to have a lawyer review your forms before you file them.
If you are going to be in court without a lawyer, our Preparing for Court – By Yourself section may be useful to you.