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Select a county to find the judge(s), court clerk, court operations manager, address, telephone number and two week calendar for each Family Division.

Windham District/Family Courthouse

expand  Addison
Honorable Robert Mello, Presiding Judge

7 Mahady Court
Middlebury  VT 05753
(802) 388-7741
Jo LaMarche, Superior Court Clerk
Maureen Mulligan, Court Operations Manager
Honorable Linda Levitt
No Other Judges Assigned
No Other Judges Assigned
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Honorable Shelley Gartner, Magistrate
Honorable Frank Broughton, Assistant Judge
Honorable Betsy Gossens, Assistant Judge
Court Calendar: Addison Family Division

expand  Bennington
Honorable David Howard, Presiding Judge

200 Veterans Memorial Drive
Bennington  VT 05201
(802) 447-2727
Mary Frost, Superior Court Clerk
Wendy Dickie, Court Operations Manager
No Other Judges Assigned
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Honorable Shelley Gartner, Magistrate
Honorable James Colvin, Assistant Judge
Honorable Wesley Mook, Assistant Judge
Court Calendar: Bennington Family Division

expand  Caledonia
Honorable Robert Bent, Presiding Judge

1126 Main St, Ste 1
St Johnsbury  VT 05819
(802) 748-6600
Kathleen Pearl, Superior Court Clerk
Margaret Villeneuve, Court Operations Manager
Honorable M. Kathleen Manley
Honorable Mary Miles Teachout
No Other Judges Assigned
No Other Judges Assigned
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No Other Judges Assigned
Honorable Barb Zander, Magistrate
Honorable Roy C. Vance, Assistant Judge
Honorable William P. Kennedy, Assistant Judge
Court Calendar: Caledonia Family Division

expand  Chittenden
Honorable Brian Grearson, Presiding Judge

32 Cherry St, Suite 300
Burlington  VT 05401
(802) 651-1709
Christine Brock, Superior Court Clerk

Honorable Alison Arms
Honorable Kevin Griffin
Honorable Brian Grearson
Honorable James Crucitti
Honorable Dennis Pearson
Honorable Michael Kupersmith
Honorable Mary Harlow, Magistrate
Honorable Charles Delaney, Assistant Judge
Honorable Connie C. Ramsey, Assistant Judge
Court Calendar: Chittenden Family Division

expand  Essex
Honorable Robert Bent, Presiding Judge

PO Box 75
Guildhall  VT 05905
(802) 676-3910
Kathleen Pearl, Superior Court Clerk
Margaret Villeneuve, Court Operations Manager
Honorable M. Kathleen Manley
Honorable Harold E. Eaton, Jr
No Other Judges Assigned
No Other Judges Assigned
No Other Judges Assigned
No Other Judges Assigned
Honorable Barb Zander, Magistrate
Honorable John A. Noble, Assistant Judge
Honorable Calvin Colby, Assistant Judge
Court Calendar: Essex Family Division

expand  Franklin
Honorable Martin Maley, Presiding Judge

36 Lake St
St Albans  VT 05478
(802) 524-7997
Gaye Paquette, Superior Court Clerk
Barbara Hungerford, Court Operations Manager
Honorable Martin Maley
Honorable Gregory Rainville
No Other Judges Assigned
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No Magistrate Assigned
Honorable Kelly Gosselin, Assistant Judge
Honorable Robert Johnson, Assistant Judge
Court Calendar: Franklin Family Divison

expand  Grand Isle
Honorable Martin Maley, Presiding Judge

PO Box 7
North Hero  VT 05474
(802) 372-8350
Gaye Paquette, Superior Court Clerk
Barbara Hungerford, Court Operations Manager
No Other Judges Assigned
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No Magistrate Assigned
Honorable Sherri Potvin, Assistant Judge
Honorable Joanne R. Batchelder, Assistant Judge
Court Calendar: Grand Isle Family Division

expand  Lamoille
Honorable Timothy Tomasi, Presiding Judge

PO Box 570
Hyde Park  VT 05655
(802) 888-3887
Kathleen Hobart, Superior Court Clerk
Linda LaClair, Court Operations Manager
No Other Judges Assigned
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No Magistrate Assigned
Honorable Karen Bradley, Assistant Judge
Honorable David A. Williams, Assistant Judge
Court Calendar: Lamoille Family Division

expand  Orange
Honorable Harold E. Eaton, Jr., Presiding Judge

5 Court St
Chelsea  VT 05038
(802) 685-4610
Theresa Scott, Superior Court Clerk
Barbara Frizzell, Court Operations Manager
No Other Judges Assigned
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Honorable Mary Harlow, Magistrate
Honorable Victoria Weiss, Assistant Judge
Honorable Joyce McKeeman, Assistant Judge
Court Calendar: Orange Family Division

expand  Orleans
Honorable Howard VanBenthuysen, Presiding Judge

247 Main St, Suite 1
Newport  VT 05855
(802) 334-3305
Tina de la Bruere, Superior Court Clerk
Penny Carrier, Court Operations Manager
Honorable M. Kathleen Manley
No Other Judges Assigned
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Honorable Barb Zander, Magistrate
Honorable Benjamin M. Batchelder, Assistant Judge
Honorable Robert Goodby, Assistant Judge
Court Calendar: Orleans Family Division

expand  Rutland
Honorable William Cohen, Presiding Judge

9 Merchants Row
Rutland  VT 05701
(802) 786-5856
Therese Corsones, Superior Court Clerk
Laurie Canty, Court Operations Manager
No Other Judges Assigned
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Honorable Shelley Gartner, Magistrate
Honorable David Lewis, Assistant Judge
Honorable Jean Coloutti, Assistant Judge
Court Calendar: Rutland Family Division

expand  Washington
Honorable Thomas Zonay, Presiding Judge

255 North Main St, 2nd Flr
Barre  VT 05641
(802) 479-4205
Claire Mee, Superior Court Clerk
Paula Tremblay, Court Operations Manager
No Other Judges Assigned
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No Other Judges Assigned
Honorable Barb Zander, Magistrate
Honorable Barney Bloom, Assistant Judge
Honorable Miriam Conlon, Assistant Judge
Court Calendar: Washington Family Division

expand  Windham
Honorable John Wesley, Presiding Judge

30 Putney Rd (2nd floor)
Brattleboro  VT 05301
(802) 257-2800
Anne Damone, Superior Court Clerk
Dawn Sanborn, Court Operations Manager
No Other Judges Assigned
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Honorable Christine Hoyt, Magistrate
Honorable Lamont Barnett, Assistant Judge
Honorable Patricia W. Duff, Assistant Judge
Court Calendar: Windham Family Division

expand  Windsor
Honorable Harold E. Eaton, Jr., Presiding Judge

82 Railroad Row
White River Jct  VT 05001
(802) 295-8865
Theresa Scott, Superior Court Clerk
Jane Ammel, Court Operations Manager
No Other Judges Assigned
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Honorable Christine Hoyt, Magistrate
Honorable Jack W. Anderson, Assistant Judge
Honorable David Singer, Assistant Judge
Court Calendar: Windsor Family Division

Each of Vermont's 14 counties has a Family Division. The division is responsible for all family related legal matters. Types of cases heard in Family Division include:

  • Marriage related - divorce, annulment, desertion and separation
  • Child Support
  • Parentage
  • Orders of Protection for Victims of Domestic Abuse
  • Juvenile - children who are delinquent, unmanageable, abused or neglected
  • Commitments to the Vermont State Hospital

Many cases involve requests to modify previous court orders. For example, a parent who was given custody of children in a divorce may ask the court to increase the child support payments made by the non-custodial parent.

Many people represent themselves in the Family Division. To help litigants through the court process, Family Division staff conduct training sessions on a regular basis and have developed extensive educational materials. Case managers coordinate court services and may refer litigants to social service agencies when needed.

All Family Division matters except for child support are primarily decided by the Presiding Family Division Judge. Child support orders are the responsibility of Family Court magistrates. There are no jury trials in Family Court.

Criminal Division judges, Civil Division judges, Family Division magistrates and assistant judges sit in the Family Division Court. Trial Court law clerks perform the legal research necessary to help judges reach well-informed decisions. Family Division Managers and their staff are responsible for the daily operations of the Court.