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Ainsworth v. Ainsworth

Supreme Court of Vermont
574 A.2d 772 (Vt. 1990)


Reginald Ainsworth (defendant) and Julie Ann Ainsworth (plaintiff) were divorced with two children. Reginald stipulated in the divorce proceeding that he would pay child support for the two children based on the statutory child-support guidelines. Reginald remarried and started a new family with his new wife and his new wife’s son. Julie Ann filed a petition to increase Reginald’s child-support payments. Reginald argued that the court should deviate from the statutory support guidelines, because his expenses for his new family, including his support of his stepson, should be taken into account in the new determination of child support. The trial court increased Reginald’s child-support payments based on the statutory child-support guidelines, finding that there was no obligation for him to support the stepson and that deviation from the guidelines was thus not appropriate. Reginald appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Dooley, J.)

Dissent (Morse, J.)

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