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Family Law

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Legal Custody is a type of child custody that grants a parent the right to make important, long-term decisions regarding their child or children. This may include aspects of the child's upbringing including: Education. Medical and dental care. Religious upbringing.
Physical Custody is a term that is often used in child custody orders to denote the parent with whom a child spends or lives the great majority of time with.
Joint Custody is a court order whereby custody of a child is awarded to both parties. In joint custody both parents are custodial parents and neither parent is a non-custodial parent, or, in other words, the child has two custodial parents.
Marriage the legally or formally recognized union of a man and a woman (or, in some jurisdictions, two people of the same sex) as partners in a relationship.
Community Property property owned jointly by a married couple.
Property a thing or things belonging to someone; possessions collectively.
Divorce the legal dissolution of a marriage by a court or other competent body.
Marriage License a license that a couple must obtain before getting married
Common Law Marriage is one in which the couple, usually a man and woman, lives together for a period of time and holds themselves out to friends, family and the community as "being married," but never go through a formal ceremony or get a marriage license.
Voidable Marriage is a marriage which can be canceled at the option of one of the parties. The marriage is valid but is subject to cancellation if contested in court by one of the parties to the marriage.
Annulment the act of annulling something.
Cohabitation to live together as or as if a married couple.
Mental Cruelty conduct that makes another person suffer but does not involve physical assault.
Incurable Insanity A legal reason for obtaining a divorce. It is rarely used, however, because of the difficulty of proving both the insanity of the spouse being divorced and that the insanity is incurable.
Abandonment the action or fact of abandoning or being abandoned. "she had a feeling of utter abandonment and loneliness"
Imprisonment the state of being imprisoned; captivity. "he was sentenced to two months' imprisonment"
Adultery voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and a person who is not his or her spouse.
Physical Cruelty is actual personal violence, or such a course of physical treatment as endangers life, limb or health, and renders cohabitation unsafe.
Contested Divorce is the type in which the spouses cannot arrive at an agreement on one or more key issues in order to conclusively terminate their marriage.
Irreconcilable Differences Some states use the terms irremediable breakdown, irretrievable breakdown, or incompatibility.
Spousal Support Alimony, maintenance spousal support and spousal maintenance is a legal obligation on a person to provide financial support to his or her spouse before or after marital separation or divorce.
Pro Se Representing yourself
Created by: tiyonnaa