marriage

Common-law Marriage

A legally recognized marriage that can arise in some jurisdictions without a license or ceremony. Many states recognize a common-law marriage when two people capable of getting married live together as spouses and hold themselves out as such for a...

Community Property

Community property is made up of assets that come into marriage during the marriage through any means other than inheritance or gift. Assets acquired by the husband or wife, regardless of how those assets are titled are viewed as assets of the marital...

Community Property with Right of Survivorship

Property that is jointly owned by both spouses; and on the death of one spouse their 1/2 share will pass directly to the other spouse without going through probate.

For example, Husband and Wife own a house in a community property state. Each...

Comparable Rectitude

Comparable rectitude was a doctrine in divorce law where courts would evaluate the comparative fault of each spouse. Under the harsher doctrine of recrimination, a spouse who was accused of conduct constituting grounds for divorce could, as a...

Condonation

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryOne person's approval of another's activities, constituting a defense to a fault divorce. For example, if a wife did not object to her husband's adultery even though she was aware of it, and she later...

Conjugal Rights

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryThe intimate rights of marriage, including comfort, companionship, affection, and sexual relations. Some states allow prisoners to have "conjugal visits," including sexual intercourse, with their spouse...

Connivance

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary1) Ignoring another person's wrongdoing, for example, by indirectly condoning an illegal act by another person. 2) In family law, a (somewhat archaic) defense that says that a person making claims against...

Consanguinity

Consanguinity is an old-fashioned term distinguishing relatives by blood from relatives by affinity. Consanguinity refers to the blood relationship between people from some common ancestor; thus, sharing the blood of some common ancestor....

Consent Divorce

A divorce granted where both parties agree to the divorce and both go to a particular jurisdiction to obtain the divorce. However, this type of divorce is not valid if neither spouse is domiciled in the jurisdiction where the divorce was granted.

Consummation

Consummation means the completion of a thing. Some common uses of the term “consummation” in a legal sense include:

In the context of marriage, consummation means the actualization of marriage. It is the first act of sexual intercourse...

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