Family Law Terms:
DIVORCE is the most common form of marriage termination, other than death of a spouse. A divorce terminates an existing marriage, Allows the parties to remarry, and determines their rights against each other following the marriage. No-Fault Divorce is when it doesn't matter who did what to whom that caused the marriage to break down; all that matters is that there is no reasonable prospect of reconciliation.
SEPARATION is the cessation of cohabitation between a married couple by mutual agreement with intent that it be permanent. In some cases in which the estrangement is extreme, a separation is considered to have occurred even when the couple retain the same residence if they have stopped communicating and engaging in sexual relations and intend to be separated.
EQUITABLE DISTRIBUTION is the distribution of marital assets by a court in a divorce action in accordance with statutory guidelines that are designed to produce a fair, but not necessarily equal, division of the property.
CUSTODY is the care or control exercised by a person or authority over something or someone; as a supervision and control over property that usually includes liability for damage that may occur. Also, CUSTODY is the care or maintenance of a child that includes the right to direct the child's activities and make decisions regarding the child's upbringing.
CHILD SUPPORT is the payment made for the support of the children of divorced or separated parents while the children are minors or until they reach an age set by the separation agreement or in a court order. CHILD SUPPORT is usually paid by the parent who is without custody. In the case of JOINT CUSTODY, both parents usually pay child support.
VISITATION is access to a child granted especially to a parent who does not have custody (supervised rights). GRANDPARENT VISITATION is the grandparents have visitation rights in all 50 states. These rights generally do not cover non-biological descendants (adopted grandchildren or biological grandchildren given up for adoption). SUPERVISED VISITATION pursuant to stipulation, agreement, or court order is visits of un-emancipated children with their non-custodial parent. Visits are supervised by a responsible adult when the non-custodial parent is accused of child abuse or neglect.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE is a violence committed by one family or household member against another.
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