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Custody

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary1) In family law, the right to make decisions about or physically live with a child.2) Holding property under one's control. 3) Holding an accused or convicted person in the control of the state,...

Custody (of a Child)

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryThe legal authority to make decisions affecting a child's interests (legal custody) and the responsibility of taking care of the child (physical custody). When parents separate or divorce, they may share...

Default Divorce

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA divorce in which one party obtains a judgment of divorce based on the other party's failure to file a response to the divorce petition. A default divorce can be obtained when one spouse truly can't find...

Desertion

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryThe voluntary abandonment of one spouse by the other, without the abandoned spouse's consent. Commonly, desertion occurs when a spouse leaves the marital home for a specified length of time. Desertion is...

Dissolution of Marriage

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryAnother term for a divorce, used in many states.

Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.

Divorce

Divorce and Separation: An Overview

A divorce formally dissolves a legal marriage. While married couples do not possess a constitutional or legal right to divorce, states permit divorces because to do so best serves public policy. To ensure that a...

Divorce Agreement

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryAn agreement made by a divorcing couple regarding the division of property, custody and visitation of the children, child support, and alimony. The agreement must be put in writing, signed by the parties...

Domestic Relations

Domestic relations refers to the field of family law, which governs relations within a family or household. In the past, these relations were limited to those between spouses, parents and children, and legal guardians and wards....

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is an issue common to both criminal law and family law. Domestic violence tends to be statutorily defined. For example:

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) states in Section 12291(a)(8) “[t]he term ‘...

Egelhoff v. Egelhoff (2001)

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryU.S. Supreme Court decision in which the Court ruled that a woman who was named as the beneficiary of her former husband's 401(k) plan was entitled to inherit the money in the plan, even though state law...

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