divorce

Enoch Arden Doctrine

Some states contain a statute applicable when a spouse, believing for a certain period of time that the other spouse is dead, marries another. If the original spouse returns, the marrying spouse may get a divorce. The length of time required varies...

Equitable Distribution

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA legal principle followed by most states, under which assets and earnings acquired during marriage are divided equitably (fairly) at divorce. Some states start with the presumption that equitable means...

Ex Parte Divorce

A divorce which is granted within a jurisdiction where only one of the spouses is validly domiciled. An ex parte divorce is valid even if one spouse is never domiciled within the jurisdiction where the divorce was granted or subject to personal...

Extreme Cruelty

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA ground for divorce based on the infliction of physical or mental harm on one spouse by the other. Although all states now have "no-fault divorce," some states still recognize fault as a ground for...

Family

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA group of people related by consanguinity or affinity.

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Family Court

A family court is a court of limited jurisdiction that hears cases involving family law. For example, family courts typically hear cases involving divorce, child custody, and domestic abuse. Family courts are governed by state and local law. Depending...

Family Law

Family law, also referred to as domestic relations in many states, is the broad body of law that covers marriage, divorce, child custody, adoption, domestic violence, reproductive rights, and other matters regarding family relationships. Much...

Fault Divorce

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA tradition that required one spouse to prove that the other spouse was legally at fault, to obtain a divorce. The "innocent" spouse was then granted the divorce from the "guilty" spouse. The traditional...

Foreign Divorce

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA divorce obtained in a different state or country from the place where one spouse resides at the time of the divorce. As a general rule, foreign divorces are recognized as valid if the spouse requesting...

Grounds for Divorce

Legal reasons for requesting a divorce. All states require a spouse who files for divorce to state the grounds. Now that no-fault divorce is prevalent, the most common ground for divorce is "irreconcilable differences."

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