Joint Legal parental rights and responsibilities—A good Idea?

In Vermont, parental rights and responsibilities are divided into two separate categories:  physical parental rights and responsibilities, and legal parental rights and responsibilities. 15 V.S.A. Section 664 defines legal parental rights and responsibilities as follows: ” ‘Legal responsibility’ means the rights and responsibilities to determine and control various matters affecting a child’s welfare and upbringing, other […]

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Enforcement of Family Court Orders–Vermont and New Hampshire comparison

I have written before of the frustration  I feel for my clients who do not understand why  Family Court judges in Vermont seem to be reluctant to enforce family court orders.  Recently in three separate cases  clients rightly expressed their dismay at not receiving prompt and decisive responses from the court when the opposing party […]

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Parental Rights and Responsibilities in Vermont in the Age of Facebook

  In a contested hearing held in Vermont Family Court, Mother and Father each request sole parental rights and responsibilities of their minor children.  Mother brings with her pictures of Father partying, drinking, and in compromising poses with the opposite sex, along with comments about how much he enjoys his night life, all posted on […]

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Want to Register your Trademark? Here’s How

Author’s Note:  this article was produced with the able assistance of paralegal Michael Roosevelt, whose background in fine arts, printmaking and lithography (See his website here) sparked his interest in this subject. His practical knowledge of trademark law has have helped clients walk through the process of obtaining valid trademarks quickly and efficiently.  As new […]

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Tax Planning For Graduated Rates

Tax Planning for Graduated Rates By John H.W. Cole, Esq. This article and several that will follow explore the elements of tax planning.  Because a tax plan can be overwhelming when it is all put together my memos will develop the components one at a time.  The first component is taking advantage of graduated tax […]

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Vermont’s Lemon Law

Purchasing a motor vehicle is one of the largest and most important purchases consumers make. Most of us, however, have only a basic understanding of how a car operates or how to keep it in good working condition.  When we purchase a vehicle (particularly a used vehicle) or bring it in for repair we find […]

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