Experienced Professional & Ethical

Margaret B. York

    • Marriage
      • Prenuptial Agreements
      • Postnuptial Agreements
    • Divorce
      • Child Custody
      • Visitation Rights
      • Parental Rights
      • Legal Separation
      • Alimony/Spousal Maintenance
      • Child Support
      • Post-Divorce Modification of Orders
      • Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROs)
      • High-asset/Complex Divorce
    • Domestic Violence/Relief From Abuse (RFAs)
    • RFAs on Behalf of Children
    • Grandparents’ Visitation Rights
    • Adoptions/Step-parent Adoptions
    • Parentage/Paternity
    • Adoptions/Second-parent Adoptions
    • Protecting Parental Interests Prior to Adoption
    • Birth Certificate Amendments
    • Parentage
    • Foster-to-Adopt
    • Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)
    • Known Donor Contracts
    • Gestational Surrogacy
    • Claims to Child by Donor or Surrogate
    • Marriage and Divorce
    • Dissolution of Civil Unions
    • Legal Name Changes
    • Legal Recognition of Gender Identity
    • Discrimination
    • Children in Need of Care or Supervision (CHINS)
    • Conditional Custody Orders
    • Termination of Parental Rights
    • DCF-involved Families
    • Post Adoption Contact Agreements (PACAs)
    • Juvenile Guardianships
    • Delinquencies
    • DUI
    • Youthful Offender

Margaret B. York joined the firm as an associate in March, 2018. Her practice areas include family law, LGBTQ law, juvenile law, criminal law, and landlord/tenant matters. Attorney York is a member of the Windham County Bar Association, the Vermont Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the National Lawyers Guild, and the Animal Legal Defense Fund. Her article, “Progressive Stagnation: How Vermont’s Laws Provide Uncertainty for Children of Same-Sex Couples,” was published in the winter 2017 edition of the Vermont Bar Journal. Before joining the firm, she worked as a juvenile defender, handling delinquencies and representing families in abuse and neglect proceedings. She also served as a staff attorney for Mercy For Animals, an international animal welfare nonprofit.

Attorney York graduated magna cum laude from Vermont Law School where she studied family law, sexual orientation law, criminal law, and animal law with a focus on litigation. She competed in two national moot court competitions, winning one and placing as a finalist in the other. She served as an Associate Editor of the Animal Law Review. While in law school she worked for a variety of nonprofits, advocating for social justice and animal welfare. She served as a research assistant, examining the implementation of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child across the globe, specifically looking at impediments to successful implementation of Article 3: Best Interests Standards. Prior to law school, she earned a Bachelor of Arts with distinction in Women’s Studies and a Bachelor of Arts with distinction in Liberal Studies from Sonoma State University.

Attorney York enjoys downhill skiing, hiking, volunteering, and spending time with her wife, their infant daughter, and their rescue animals.

Attorney York can be reached at (802) 257-5292 ext. 4 or

Vermont Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, 2015)
Sonoma State University (B.A., Women’s and Gender Studies, with distinction, 2010; B.A., Liberal Studies, with distinction, 2010)

2015, Vermont

Windham County Bar Association
Vermont Bar Association
American Bar Association
National Lawyers Guild
Animal Legal Defense Fund

Progressive Stagnation: How Vermont’s Laws Provide Uncertainty for Children of Same-Sex Couples in The Vermont Bar Journal, Winter 2017

Animal Law and the Canadian Criminal Code, 2017