juvenile law


Debt that has accumulated and that has not yet been paid upon the due date. See arrearages.


In contract law, a person's ability to satisfy the elements required for someone to enter binding contracts. For example, capacity rules often require a person to have reached a minimum age and to have soundness of mind.

Change of Circumstances

A change of circumstances refers to the showing required by a party seeking to modify a prior child support, spousal support, or custody order. Generally, the change in circumstances must be substantial in nature and due to facts that were...


In family law, a child is the offspring, whether biological or adopted, of either one or both of the spouses (parents). In the event of divorce, the child is considered an ancillary issue to the litigation. Before the divorce can be finalized all...

Child Custody

Child custody: an overview

In cases of divorce, the court of jurisdiction for the divorce proceedings also determines child custody arrangements. Under the common statutory provision, if the spouses have children together while married, the...

Child Online Privacy

Internet privacy for children is controlled by the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998, codified at 15 U.S.C. § 6501-6506. The law is enforced by the Federal Trade Commission, applying the regulations recorded at 16 C.F.R. § 312.


Child Support

child support: an overview

Child support refers to the sum that the noncustodial parent must pay to the custodian. This sum serves as a parental contribution for the child's basic living expenses, such as food, clothing, shelter, health care, and...

Children's Rights

children's rights: an overview

A child is a person and not a subperson over whom the parent has an absolute possessory interest. The term "child" does not necessarily mean minor but can include adult children as well as adult nondependent children....


Cohabitation is used primarily to denote the arrangement between two individuals who live together, either as spouses or unmarried partners.

Some common uses of the term “cohabitation” in a legal sense include:



Competence is the capacity or minimal ability to do something; the mental and physical ability to carry out a given task. A few examples are: competence to stand trial, competence to be executed, competence to hold public office, and...