divorce

Comparable Rectitude

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryAn anachronistic doctrine that grants the spouse who is least at fault a divorce when both spouses have shown fault grounds for divorce. It is a response to an old common law rule that prevented a divorce...

Condonation

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryOne person's approval of another's activities, constituting a defense to a fault divorce. For example, if a wife did not object to her husband's adultery even though she was aware of it, and she later...

Connivance

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary1) Ignoring another person's wrongdoing, for example, by indirectly condoning an illegal act by another person. 2) In family law, a (somewhat archaic) defense that says that a person making claims against...

Consent Divorce

A divorce granted where both parties agree to the divorce and both go to a particular jurisdiction to obtain the divorce. However, this type of divorce is not valid if neither spouse is domiciled in the jurisdiction where the divorce was granted.

Consummation

Consummation means the completion of a thing. Some common uses of the term “consummation” in a legal sense include:

In the context of marriage, consummation means the actualization of marriage. It is the first act of sexual intercourse...

Covenant Marriage

A type of marriage available only in Arizona, Arkansas, and Louisiana, in which the spouses promise that they'll participate in marriage counseling before filing for divorce and agree to a longer waiting period before the divorce can be final. The filing...

Cruelty

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryAny act of inflicting unnecessary emotional or physical pain. Cruelty or mental cruelty is the most frequently used fault ground for divorce because as a practical matter, courts will accept minor wrongs...

Custodial Interference

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryThe taking of a child from a parent with the intent to interfere with that parent's physical custody of the child. This is a crime in most states, even if the taker also has custody rights.

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Custodial Parent

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA parent who has sole custody or primary custody of a child following divorce. Compare: noncustodial parent

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Custodian

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA term used by the Uniform Transfers to Minors Act (UTMA) and Uniform Gifts to Minors Act (UGMA) for the person named to manage property left or given to a child under the terms of either of those Acts....

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