Family Law Terminology Part 1

dictionaryMitigating a divorce can be tricky – that’s why you’ve come to Goldstein Family Law to help you through the process! Even so, some of the terminology used in family law proceedings can just sound like legal jargon to those who aren’t used to hearing it. That’s why we prepared a list of some common family-law terms, and their definitions to help.

Annulment: occurs when a marriage is declared void from the start. In this limited circumstance, the marriage is dissolved as in the eyes of the law, the parties were never married.

Absolute Divorce: the official end of a marriage, allowing both former spouses to legally remarry.

Collusion: a knowingly false charge against someone. In divorce, this may often consist of one party accusing the other of adultery just to rush the divorce or gain custody of children. This is illegal.

Condonation: an act seen as forgiving a spouse that has committed an act that would warrant divorce, such as continuing to live with the spouse after finding out. This is often used as a defense in divorce court.

Maintenance: one spouse’s payment of financial support to the other. It is the same as alimony/spousal support.

Pendente Lite: temporary measures for custody, alimony, child support, and possessions until the final hearing.

Visitation: the non-custodial parent’s right to spend time with their child or children.

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