family law

QDOT

Definition

An abbreviation for qualified domestic trust. See qualified domestic trust.

QMCSO

Definition

An abbreviation for qualified medical child support order. See qualified medical child support order.

QTIP trust

Definition

An abbreviation for qualified terminable interest property trust. See qualified terminable interest property trust.

Illustrative caselaw

See, e.g. Wells Fargo Bank New Mexico, N.A. v. United States, 319 F.3d 1222 (10th Cir. 2003).

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Qualified indorsement (endorsement)

Definition

An indorsement — the placement of a signature on the back of a negotiable instrument — coupled with an additional phrase, e.g. "without recourse" or "for deposit only," limiting the liability of the indorser (signer) in the event the...

Qualified Medical Child Support Order (QMCSO)

Definition

Under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act ("ERISA"), a judgment, decree, or order regarding child support and coverage under a group health plan that (1) assigns the right to receive benefits under a group health plan and (2) is made...

Quasi-community property

Definition

Property acquired by a married person or couple in a non-community property state that would have been community property if it had been acquired in a community property state, e.g. California. If the married couple subsequently relocates to...

Separation agreement

Voluntary agreement between spouses, made during divorce proceedings or formal separation, that may govern issues such as property division, alimony, maintenance, child support, and child custody.

shared custody

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryAfter a divorce or separation between parents, the sharing of parenting responsibilities for children born to the parents. (See also: joint custody)

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sole custody

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA custody arrangement under which one parent is the only one to have either legal or physical custody or both. A parent with sole physical custody has the right to live with the child, while the other...

spousal support

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryMonetary support paid by one former spouse to another, usually for a specified period of time, pursuant to a divorce agreement or court order. In many states, it's called alimony.

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