marriage

stepchild

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA child born to or legally adopted by your spouse before your marriage whom you have not legally adopted. If you adopt the child, your parent-child relationship is the same as if the child were...

Uniform Premarital Agreement Act

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA law crafted by national lawmakers to promote consistency in prenuptial agreements from state to state. The UPAA governs such matters as what a premarital agreement can include and what will render an...

Void marriage

A marriage that was for some reason never valid from the start and cannot be made valid. Common reasons for a court to find a marriage void ab initio are that the marriage is incestuous, polygamous, or a same-sex marriage.

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Voidable marriage

A marriage that is valid until declared invalid. The grounds for invalidation of marriage vary depending on state. Common grounds for voiding a marriage include that one of the parties is below the age of consent, a party was incapable of consenting...

widow

A woman whose husband has died during the course of their marriage.

widower

A man whose wife has died during the course of their marriage.

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