juvenile law

Abduction

Definition

Taking a person away by means of persuasion, fraud, or force. Some jurisdictions also require that the abductee, the person abducted, be a child or that that the abductor intend to marry or defile the abductee or subject him or her to...

Abuse

Definition

1) Abuse, generally: physically, sexually, or mentally injuring a person.

2) Child abuse: physically, sexually, or mentally injuring a child either with intent or through neglect.

3) Substance abuse: excessively using or misusing...

Ad Litem

From Latin, meaning "for the lawsuit," i.e., for purposes of the current legal action. A guardian ad litem is a guardian appointed by the court to act on behalf of a minor or incompetent person.

Adult

A person is considered a legal adult at the age of 18. In family law, the age a person may consent to enter into marriage may be less than 18 years, and will differ from state to state. Although 18 is the age a parent's child support obligation...

Age of Consent

In family law, age of consent refers to the age one can give meaningful consent to enter into a marriage. If over the age of 18 years, meaningful consent is presumed. However the presumption may be negated if the person lacked capacity due to mental...

Age of Majority

See adult and age of consent.

Agency

Agency: An Overview

Agency law is concerned with any "principal"-"agent" relationship; a relationship in which one person has legal authority to act for another. Such relationships arise from explicit appointment, or by implication. The relationships...

Agent

A person with authority to act on behalf of another person.

See Principal, Fiduciary, and Fiduciary duty.

Alcohol

Alcohol, Tobacco, and Controlled Substances: An Overview

Health and other public concerns have generated detailed Federal and state regulation of the sale and possession of alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, and a wide range of other "controlled...

Arrearages

In family law, arrearages refer to the debt owed, when the non-costudial parent and/or ex-spouse fails to make child and/or spousal support payments. Arrearages begin to accrue from the date of the first missed payment.

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