Family Court

A family court is a court of limited jurisdiction that hears cases involving family law. For example, family courts typically hear cases involving divorce, child custody, and domestic abuse. Family courts are governed by state and local law. Depending...

Family Law

Family law, also referred to as domestic relations in many states, is the broad body of law that covers marriage, divorce, child custody, adoption, domestic violence, reproductive rights, and other matters regarding family relationships. Much...

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Fault Divorce

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA tradition that required one spouse to prove that the other spouse was legally at fault, to obtain a divorce. The "innocent" spouse was then granted the divorce from the "guilty" spouse. The traditional...

Forced Share

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionarySee: elective share

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Foreign Divorce

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA divorce obtained in a different state or country from the place where one spouse resides at the time of the divorce. As a general rule, foreign divorces are recognized as valid if the spouse requesting...


A man's inability to copulate. Impotence can be grounds for annulment of a marriage if the condition existed at the time of the marriage and is grounds for divorce in some states.


A conflict in personalities that makes married life together impossible. In a number of states, incompatibility is the accepted reason for a no-fault divorce.

See also: irreconcilable differences


Unable to live together as husband and wife due to irreconcilable differences. If one spouse desires to end the marriage, that fact proves incompatibility, and a divorce will be granted even though the other spouse does not want a divorce.

Incurable Insanity

A legal reason for obtaining a divorce. It is rarely used, however, because of the difficulty of proving both the insanity of the spouse being divorced and that the insanity is incurable.