The Vermont Statutes Online
OFFICE OF MAGISTRATE
463. Jurisdiction of family division of superior court over child support
Upon motion of
either party, upon motion of the magistrate, or upon the court's own motion, a
judge of the family division of the superior court may hear and determine the
issue of child support, provided there is a prior existing support order in
effect or an interim or temporary order and the court finds one of the
(1) The support
matter is so intrinsically tied to an action that must be heard by a judge that
hearing before a magistrate would unduly delay the proceedings.
(2) The identity
of the parties, issues and evidence are so similar in nature that consolidation
with an already scheduled matter would in fact expedite resolution of the
(3) A material
legal issue must be resolved for which there is no legal precedent.
(4) Such good
and substantial cause as the court may find, consistent with the principle that
support cases shall be heard in a timely manner. (Added 1989, No. 221 (Adj.
Sess.), § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 1990; amended 2009, No. 154 (Adj. Sess.), § 31.)