Common Terms & Definitions

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ABA (American Bar Association)
Abandonment
Abduction
Ab Initio
Absent Parent
Absolute Divorce
Abuse
Access
ACF (Administration for Children and Families)
ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union)
Action
Actuary
Adjudication
Administrative Hearing
Admissible Evidence
Adoption
ADR
Adultery
Ad Valorem
Adversarial
Advocate
AFCC (Association of Family and Conciliation Courts)
AFDC (Aid to Families with Dependent Children)
Affidavit
Affirmative Statute
Age of Majority
Agreement
AKA
Alias Summons
Alienation of Affection
Alimony
Alimony Trust
Allodial System
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Amicable
Amicus Curiae
Animus Manendi
Annuity
Annulment
Answer
Antenuptial Agreement
Appeal
Appear
Appellate Court
Appellant
Appellee
Appraisa:
Approximation Rule
Arbitration
Arrearage
Assault
Asset(s)
Assignment
Attachment
Attachment Disorder Theory
Attorney at Law
Attorney Fees
Attorney for the Child(ren)
Attorney of Record:
Automatic Restraining Order
Award

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Bailiff
Bankruptcy
Bankruptcy Code
Barratry
Batterer
Battery
Bench
Bench Trial
Bench Warrant
Beneficiary
Best Interest of the Child
Beyond Reasonable Doubt
Bifurcation
Bigamy
Bill of Rights
Bodily Harm
Book Value
Burden of Proof

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Capias
Capias Mittimus
CAPTA (Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act)
Caption
Case Management
Cause of Action
CEJ (Continuing Exclusive Jurisdiction)
Central Authority
Certification
Certified Divorce Financial Analyst
Cestui Que Trust
Charge to Jury
Child Abduction
Child Abuse and Neglect
Child Representative
Child Support Enforcement
Child Support Guidelines
Child Support Payment
Children’s Rights
Circuit Court
Citation
Civil Code
Civil Contempt
Civil Law
Civil Liberties
Civil Rights
Civil Union
Clear and Convincing Evidence
Classifications of Law
Clerk of the Court
COBRA (Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act)
Codicil
Cohabitation
COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment)
Collaborative Divorce
Collaborative Law
Commencement of Action
Common Law
Common Law Marriage
Community Property
Competency
Complainant
Complaint for Divorce
Concurring Opinion
Condonation
Confidential Privilege
Conflict of Interest
Conjugal Rights
Consanguinity
Consent Order
Conservator
Consolidation
Constitution
Contemnor
Contempt of Court
Contested Divorce
Contingency Fee
Continuance
Contract
Co-Respondent
Corroborative Witness
Cost Analysis
Counsel
Counseling
Count
Counterclaim
Court
Court Costs
Court of Equity
Court Order
Court Reporter
Court Services Officer
Covenant Marriage
Coverture
CRC (Children’s Rights Council)
Criminal Contempt
Cross-Examination
Cruel and Abusive Treatment
CSRA (Child Support Recovery Act)
Custodial Parent
Custody
Custody Affidavit
Custody Evaluation
Custody Preference

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Damages
Dating Violence
Decision
Declaratory Statute
Decree
Decree of Adoption
De Facto
Defamation
Default Judgment
Defeasance
Defendant
De Jure
Delinquency
Demurrer
De Novo
Dependent
Deposition
Descendants
Dictum
Direct Examination
Directed Verdict
Discovery
Disinheritance
Dismissal
Disposable Income
Dissenting Opinion
Dissipation of Assets
Dissolution
Divorce
Divorce A Mensa Et Thoro
Divorce A Vinculo Matrimonii
Docket
Doli Incapax
DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act of 1996)
Domestic Partners
Domestic Relations Court
Domestic Relations Order
Domicile
Donatio Mortis Causa
Dower
DPPA (Deadbeat Parents Punishment Act)
Due Process
Duty of Support

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Emancipation
Emotional Child Support
Encumbered
Enlarging Statute
Equitable Distribution
Equity
Estate
Ethics Rules
Evidence
EVS (Enumeration and Verification System)
Examination in Chief
Executor
Exhibit
Ex Parte
Expert Witness
Ex Post Facto
Extraordinary Expenses

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Failure to Thrive
Fair and Reasonable
Fair Market Value
Family Law
Family Law Service Officer
Family Support Act
Family Violence Indicator
Fault Divorce
FCR (Federal Case Registry)
Federal Child Support Guideline Requirements
Federal Court
Federal Parent Locator Service
Federal Tax Refund Offset Program
Fee Agreement
FFCCSOA (Full Faith and Credit for Child Support Orders Act)
Fictive Kin
Fiduciary
Fieri Facias
Filiation
Filing
Filing Fee
Final Judgment
FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standard) Code
Foster Home
FPLS (Federal Parent Locator Service)
Fraud
Fraudulent Conveyance
Frivolous
Functus Officio

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Garnishment
Gift
Good Cause
Good Faith Participation
Grandparent Access (Visitation)
Grave Risk of Harm
Gross Income
Ground(s) for Divorce
Guardian Ad Litem
Guardianship
Habitual Residence

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Hague Convention
Head of Household
Hearing
Heirs at Law
HHS (Department of Health and Human Services)
High-Conflict Divorce
Hold Harmless
Holographic Will
Home State
Household
Human Rights

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ICARA (International Child Abduction Remedies Act)
ICMEC (International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children)
Ignorantia Juris Non Excusat
Illegitimacy
Impeachment of Testimony
Imputed Income
In Camera Hearing
Incapacitated
Income
Income Analysis
Income Withholding
Incompetent
Indigent:
In Forma Pauperis
Informed Consent
Inheritance
Inheritance Rights
Injunction
In Limine
In Loco Parentis
Innocent Spouse Rule
In Personam Jurisdiction
In Propria Persona
Ipso Facto
In Rem Jurisdiction
Insolvency
Intercept
Interlocutory Judgment
Interrogatories
In Terrorem
Inter Vivos Trust
Intestate
In Toto
Investigator
Irretrievable Breakdown
Irrevocable Consent
IV-A (“Four-A”) Program
IV-D ("Four-D") Program
IV-E ("Four-E") Program

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Joinder
Joint Custody
Joint Legal Custody
Joint Petition
Joint Physical Custody
Joint Property
Joint Tenancy
Judgment
Judgment of Divorce
Judgment Nisi
Judicial Foreclosure
Jurat
Jurisdiction
Jurisprudence
Justice System

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Kidnap
Kinship Care
Knowingly

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Lawsuit
Lawyer
Legal Costs
Legal Custody
Legal Ethics
Legal Grounds
Legal Majority
Legal Malpractice
Legal Notice
Legal Rights of Marriage
Legal Separation
Libel
Lien
Limited Divorce
Lis Pendens
Litigant
Litigation
Living Trust
Living Will
Long Arm Jurisdiction
Lord Mansfield’s Rule
Lower Court
Lump Sum

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Magistrate
Malicious Prosecution
Malpractice
Maltreatment
Mandatory Factors
Mandatory Self-Disclosure
Marriage
Marriage Counseling
Marital Assets
Marital Deduction
Marital Misconduct
Marital Portion
Marital Property
Market Analysis
Marriage
Marshal
Master
Maternal Preference
Mediation
Medical Support
Memorandum of Law
Minor
Miranda Warning
Misrepresentation
Modification
Monitored Exchange
Moot
Motion
Motion for Attachment
Motion for Pendente Lite
Motion in Limine
Motion to Strike
Motion to Vacate Marital Home
MSFIDM (Multi-State Financial Institution Data Match)

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NDNH (National Directory of New Hires)
Necessaries
Negative Statute
Neglect
Negotiated Settlement
Net Estate
Net Income
Nolle Prosequi
Non Compos Mentis
No-Fault Divorce
Non-Custodial Parent
Non Obstante Verdicto
Notarize
Notary Public
Notice of Hearing
Nulla Bona
Nullity of Marriage
Nuptial

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Objection
Obligated
Obligation
Obligee
Obligor
Obiter Dictum
OCSE (Office of Child Support Enforcement)
Obstruction of Justice
Offset
OBRA (Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act)
Onus Probandi
Open Adoption
Opinion
Oral Argument
Order
Order to Show Cause
Ordinary Expenses
Out of Wedlock
Overrule

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Palimony
Paralegal
Parens Patriae
Parent Coordinator
Parentage
Parental Rights
Parenting Education
Parenting Plan
Party
PAS (Parental Alienation Syndrome)
Passport Denial Program
Paternity
Paternity Test
Penal Statute
Pendente Lite
Per Capita
Per Incuriam
Perjury
Permanent Spousal Support
Perpetual Statute
Personal Property
Per Stirpes
Petit Jury
Petition
Physical Custody
PKPA (Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act)
Plaintiff
Pleading
Polygamy
Postnuptial Agreement
Power of Attorney
Prayer for Relief
Precedent
Prejudice
Preliminary Hearing
Premarital Assets
Prenuptial Agreement
Preponderance of the Evidence
Presumed Father
Pretermitted Heir
Pretrial Conference
Private Statute
Privileged Communication
Probate
Pro Bono
Production of Documents
Professional Responsibility
Pro Hac Vice
Pro Per
Property
Property Settlement
Proposed Findings
Pro Se
Protective Order
Protective Custody
Pro Tem
PRWORA (Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act)
PSOC (Project Save Our Children)
Psychological Evaluation
Psychological Parent
Psychological Testing
PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)
Public Assistance
Public Records
Public Statute
Putative Father

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QMSCO (Qualified Medical Child Support Order)
QDRO (Qualified Domestic Relations Order)
Quality of Life
Quash
Quasi
Question of Fact
Question of Law
Quid Pro Quo

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Ratio Decidendi
Ratio Legis
Real Property
Recapture of Alimony
Recidivism
Reciprocity
Reconciliation
Recrimination
Recusal
Rehabilitative Spousal Support
Rejoinder
Relief
Remand
Remedial Statute
Removal of Minor Child
Request for Admissions
Request for Production of Documents
Request for Inspection
Residence
Residency
Res Judicata
Respondent
Restraining Order
Restraining Statute
Retainer:
Retainer Agreement
Rules of Civil Procedure
Rules of Evidence
RURESA (Revised Uniform Reciprocal Enforcement of Support Act)

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Safe Haven
Safe House
Same Sex Marriage
Sanction
SCR (State Case Registry)
SDNH (State Directory of New Hires)
Self Incrimination
Separate Property
Separation
Separation Agreement
Sequester
Service of Process
SESA (State Employment Security Agency)
Settlement
Severance of Parental Rights
Sexual Abuse
Shared Parenting
Slander
Special Advocate
Special Master
Spouse
Spousal Support
Sole Custody
Special Needs Child
Split Custody
SPLS (State Parent Locator Services)
Spousal Maintenance
Stalking
Stare Decisis
State Court
Statute
Stay of Proceedings
Stay-Away Order
Stepchild
Stepparent Adoption
Stipulation
Stipulated Agreement
Strike
Structured Settlement
Sua Sponte
Subordination
Subpoena
Subpoena Ad Testificandum
Subpoena Duces Tecum
Substantive Law
Success Fee
Suit
Summary Divorce
Summary Judgment
Summons
Superior Court
Supervised Access (Visitation)
Surplusage

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TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families)
Temporary Restraining Order
Temporary Spousal Support
Temporary Statute
Tenancy by the Entirety
Tender Years Presumption
Termination of Parental Rights
Tertium Non Datur
Testimony
Therapeutic Foster Home
Therapist
Time Standards
Tracing
Trial
Trial by Jury
Trial Court
Trial Memoranda
Tribunal
Trust
Trustee Process

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UCCJEA (Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act)
UIFSA (Uniform Interstate Family Support Act)
Uncared For
Uncontested Divorce
Undue Hardship
Unexercised Interest
UPA (Uniform Parentage Act
Unlawful
Use and Possession
Uxor

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Vacating Order
Valuation
Value
Variation Order
VAWA (Violence Against Women Act)
Veniremen
Venue
Verdict
Vested Interest
Virtual Visitation
Visitation
Visitation Right
Visitation Center
Void
Voir Dire
Voluntary Acknowledgment

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Waiting Period
Waive
Ward
Warrant
Will
Willful
With Prejudice
Without Prejudice
Witness
Writ
Writ of Attachment
Writ of Summons
Writ Ne Exeat
Wrongful Removal or Retention
Wrong

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