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Child

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 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...

Civil Union

A civil union is a marriage-like relationship. It is often between members of the same sex.

Beginning of Civil Union

Vermont was the first state in the US to recognize civil unions. The state supreme court ruled in Baker v. State of...

Civil Union Partners

Civil union partners are partners who are in a civil union relationship. The exact level of rights, benefits, obligations, and responsibilities of civil union partners varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. For example, some jurisdictions allow...

Cohabitation

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:

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Collaborative Divorce

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA method of resolving a divorce case in which both spouses hire attorneys who practice collaborative law, and the parties and attorneys sign an agreement that requires them to negotiate the divorce...

Commingling

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryThe act of mixing the funds belonging to one party with those of another party. Usually, spouses or business partners may commingle assets without a problem. However, in community property states, a...

Common Law Marriage

A common-law marriage may be briefly described as a marriage without formal solemnization or without formalities. Although mere cohabitation is insufficient to establish a common-law marriage, cohabitation is generally required as an element in the...

Common Property

Common Property has several related meanings.

First, Common Property is real property that is owned by "tenants in common." Because it is Common Property, the “tenants in common” each have an "undivided interest" in the entire property...

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