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Equitable Distribution

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA legal principle followed by most states, under which assets and earnings acquired during marriage are divided equitably (fairly) at divorce. Some states start with the presumption that equitable means...

Espousal

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary1) A promise between two people that they will marry each other. 2) Taking up an idea or cause.

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Estate Tax

Estate tax is the taxation of property held by an individual at the time of their death and is one of the oldest and most common forms of taxation. Such a tax can take the form, among others, of estate tax (a tax levied on the estate before...

Et Ux.

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionarySee: et uxor

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Et Uxor

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary(et-ux-or) Latin for "and wife." Often appears in its abbreviated form, et ux. In older deeds and documents, the phrase was used to indicate that a property was owned by a couple, consisting of a named...

Ex Parte Divorce

A divorce which is granted within a jurisdiction where only one of the spouses is validly domiciled. An ex parte divorce is valid even if one spouse is never domiciled within the jurisdiction where the divorce was granted or subject to personal...

Extreme Cruelty

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA ground for divorce based on the infliction of physical or mental harm on one spouse by the other. Although all states now have "no-fault divorce," some states still recognize fault as a ground for...

Extrinsic Fraud

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryFraudulent acts which keep a person from obtaining information about his or her rights to enforce a contract or getting evidence to defend against a lawsuit. This could include destroying evidence or...

Family

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA group of people related by consanguinity or affinity.

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Family Allowance

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA certain amount of a deceased person's money to which immediate family members are entitled at the beginning of the probate process. The allowance is meant to help support the surviving spouse and...

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