1) To attach or ascribe. 2) To place responsibility or blame on one person for acts of another person because of a particular relationship, such as mother to child, guardian to ward, employer to employee, or business associates. Example: a child's negligence in driving a car without a license may be imputed to the parent. 3) To attribute knowledge to a person because of the person's relationship to the one actually possessing the information. Example: if one partner in a business is informed of something, that knowledge is imputed to other partners. (See also: vicarious liability)
family & personal matters
A man's inability to copulate. Impotence can be grounds for annulment of a marriage if the condition existed at the time of the marriage and is grounds for divorce in some states.
A person who supports and maintains a household, alone or with other people; more commonly referred to as head of household. In bankruptcy law, a householder may claim a homestead exemption.
People living together in one dwelling, who may or may not be related.
An investigation of prospective adoptive parents to make sure they are fit to raise a child, required by all states. Common areas of inquiry include financial stability, marital stability, lifestyles and other social factors, physical and mental health, and criminal history.
1) Siblings who share only one parent. 2) A half brother or half sister.
A legal relationship created by a court between a guardian and a ward--either a minor child or an incapacitated adult (although the latter relationship is more commonly called a conservatorship). The guardian has a legal right and duty to care for the ward. This may involve making personal decisions on the ward's behalf, managing the ward's property, or both.
Someone appointed by a court to make personal decisions for a minor child or an incapacitated adult, commonly called a ward. Such decisions usually include day-to-day living arrangements, health care, education, and other matters related to the ward's comfort and well-being. A guardian of the person may also be called a personal guardian or conservator of the person. Compare: guardian of the estate