Divorce & Separation Legal Terms and Legal Words. Family Law Terminology

child custody
Child custody is the right and duty to care for a minor child on a day-to-day basis and to make major decisions about the child. In sole custody arrangements, one parent takes care of the child most of the time and makes major decisions about the child. In joint custody arrangements, both parents share in making major decisions, and both parents also might … Full Definition »
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child support
A monthly payment, usually court-ordered, that a noncustodial parent must pay to cover his/her share of the cost of raising his/her child. The amount of child support is determined based on number of factors, such as income of parents, number of children, the age of the child, the financial resources and earning ability of the parent, and the value of … Full Definition »
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Collaborative law
Collaborative law is a procedure in which parties who are involved in family law matters and the involved attorneys agree in writing to use their best efforts and make a good-faith attempt to resolve their disputes arising from family law matters on an agreed basis without resorting to judicial intervention, except to have a court approve the settlement … Full Definition »
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condonation
the act of forgiving one's spouse who has committed an act of wrongdoing that would constitute a ground for divorce. Condonation generally is proven by living and cohabiting with the spouse after learning that the wrongdoing was committed. It often is used as a defense to a divorce. … Full Definition »
Law topic: Divorce & Separation << Legal issue: Family Law
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putative
generally regarded as such; supposed. Examples: putative father, putative marriage. A putative marriage is an apparently valid marriage, entered into in good faith on the part of at least one of the partners, but that is legally invalid due to a technical impediment, such as failure to divorce previous spouse. putative father - The alleged or reputed … Full Definition »
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