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Title 33 : Human Services


(Cite as: 33 V.S.A. § 5315a)
  • § 5315a. Merits stipulation

    (a) At any time after the filing of the CHINS petition and prior to an order of adjudication on the merits, the court may approve a written stipulation to the merits of the petition and any or all elements of the disposition plan, including the permanency goal, placement, visitation, or services.

    (b) The court may approve a written stipulation if:

    (1) the parties to the petition, as defined in subdivision 5102(22) of this title, agree to the terms of the stipulation; and

    (2) the court determines that:

    (A) the agreement between the parties is voluntary;

    (B) the parties to the agreement understand the nature of the allegation; and

    (C) the parties to the agreement understand the rights waived if the court approves of and issues an order based upon the stipulation. (Added 2015, No. 153 (Adj. Sess.), § 29.)