marriage

Covenant Marriage

A type of marriage available only in Arizona, Arkansas, and Louisiana, in which the spouses promise that they'll participate in marriage counseling before filing for divorce and agree to a longer waiting period before the divorce can be final. The filing...

Curtesy

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionarySee: dower and curtesy

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Custodial Interference

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryThe taking of a child from a parent with the intent to interfere with that parent's physical custody of the child. This is a crime in most states, even if the taker also has custody rights.

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Custodial Parent

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA parent who has sole custody or primary custody of a child following divorce. Compare: noncustodial parent

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Custody

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary1) In family law, the right to make decisions about or physically live with a child.2) Holding property under one's control. 3) Holding an accused or convicted person in the control of the state,...

Custody (of a Child)

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryThe legal authority to make decisions affecting a child's interests (legal custody) and the responsibility of taking care of the child (physical custody). When parents separate or divorce, they may share...

Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)

The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was a federal law passed by the 104th United States Congress intended to define and protect the institution of marriage. This law specifically defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman...

Dissolution of Marriage

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryAnother term for a divorce, used in many states.

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Divorce

Divorce and Separation: An Overview

A divorce formally dissolves a legal marriage. While married couples do not possess a constitutional or legal right to divorce, states permit divorces because to do so best serves public policy. To ensure that a...

Divorce Agreement

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryAn agreement made by a divorcing couple regarding the division of property, custody and visitation of the children, child support, and alimony. The agreement must be put in writing, signed by the parties...

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