In marriage, abandonment is grounds for divorce in most states. Grounds arise when one spouse physically leaves the other with no intent on returning. Usually, the minimum time allowed to claim abandonment is one year, but it changes from...


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1) Property: Used in property law to describe an estate that is free from any limitations at all. Only a fee simple may be absolute.

2) Divorce: An absolute divorce is a final judgment of divorce that dissolves the marriage and allows...



1) Abuse, generally: physically, sexually, or mentally injuring a person.

2) Child abuse: physically, sexually, or mentally injuring a child either with intent or through neglect.

3) Substance abuse: excessively using or misusing...



1) In terms of copyright, access refers to the ability of a potential infringer to see or obtain the copyrighted material. Access is important in determining whether a potential infringer has in fact illicitly copied the copyrighted material...


A form of extramarital sex between a married person and a person who is not a party to the marriage. In a fault-based divorce scheme adultery is grounds for divorce. In some states, adultery may be a factor in property distribution and/or a...


Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA name used that is not the given name of a person (such as Harry for Harold, initials, or a maiden name, or a criminal's false name).

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Alienation of Affections

In a minority of states, a spouse may sue a third party for purposefully interfering with the marital relationship. This suit is usually brought against the adulterous spouse's paramour. However, suit may also be brought against an in-law or relative...


When a marriage ends in divorce, one spouse may receive monetary support from the other. Oftentimes, the receiving spouse must be unable to support themselves without the help of their ex-spouse. Depending on the state, support may be based on a...


Is a legal procedure that declares a marriage is null from its inception. Unlike divorce, the effect of declaring a marriage void is retroactive, meaning that the marriage was void at the time it was entered into. An annulment is only granted with a...