divorce

Bird-nesting

Bird-nesting is a custody arrangement in which the children of divorced or separated parents reside permanently in a family home, while the parents rotate living in the home with the children only during their respective custody periods....

Change of Circumstances

A change of circumstances refers to the showing required by a party seeking to modify a prior child support, spousal support, or custody order. Generally, the change in circumstances must be substantial in nature and due to facts that were...

Child

In family law, a child is the offspring, whether biological or adopted, of either one or both of the spouses (parents). In the event of divorce, the child is considered an ancillary issue to the litigation. Before the divorce can be finalized all...

Child Custody

Child custody: an overview

In cases of divorce, the court of jurisdiction for the divorce proceedings also determines child custody arrangements. Under the common statutory provision, if the spouses have children together while married, the...

Child Support

child support: an overview

Child support refers to the sum that the noncustodial parent must pay to the custodian. This sum serves as a parental contribution for the child's basic living expenses, such as food, clothing, shelter, health care, and...

Cohabitation

Cohabitation is used primarily to denote the arrangement between two individuals who live together, either as spouses or unmarried partners.

Some common uses of the term “cohabitation” in a legal sense include:

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Collaborative Divorce

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA method of resolving a divorce case in which both spouses hire attorneys who practice collaborative law, and the parties and attorneys sign an agreement that requires them to negotiate the divorce...

Commingling

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryThe act of mixing the funds belonging to one party with those of another party. Usually, spouses or business partners may commingle assets without a problem. However, in community property states, a...

Common Property

Common Property has several related meanings.

First, Common Property is real property that is owned by "tenants in common." Because it is Common Property, the “tenants in common” each have an "undivided interest" in the entire property...

Community Property

Community property is made up of assets that come into marriage during the marriage through any means other than inheritance or gift. Assets acquired by the husband or wife, regardless of how those assets are titled are viewed as assets of the marital...

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