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Domestic Partner Adoption

Domestic partner adoption occurs when one partner in a domestic partnership adopts a child born to the other partner. Domestic partnerships are recognized relationships between two people who do not wish to be married or cannot be...

Domestic Partners

Two persons engaged in a commitment (generally, a civil union) that is legally equivalent to marriage. Individuals generally decide to enter into domestic partnership because they wish to avoid marriage or because they are barred from marriage....

Domestic Relations

Domestic relations refers to the field of family law, which governs relations within a family or household. In the past, these relations were limited to those between spouses, parents and children, and legal guardians and wards....

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is an issue common to both criminal law and family law. Domestic violence tends to be statutorily defined. For example:

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) states in Section 12291(a)(8) “[t]he term ‘...

Dower

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

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Dower and Curtesy

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA surviving spouse's right to receive a set portion of the deceased spouse's estate -- usually one-third to one-half. Dower (not to be confused with a dowry) refers to the portion to which a surviving...

Dowry

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryThe money and personal property a bride brings to her new husband to support and maintain the marriage. Compare: dower

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Egelhoff v. Egelhoff (2001)

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryU.S. Supreme Court decision in which the Court ruled that a woman who was named as the beneficiary of her former husband's 401(k) plan was entitled to inherit the money in the plan, even though state law...

Elective Share

In the United States, statutory elective share law exists to prevent disinheritance of a spouse. Elective share statutes give to a surviving spouse a fixed fraction, typically out of a probate estate of the deceased spouse. Traditionally that fraction...

Enoch Arden Doctrine

Some states contain a statute applicable when a spouse, believing for a certain period of time that the other spouse is dead, marries another. If the original spouse returns, the marrying spouse may get a divorce. The length of time required varies...

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