Glossary

Alimony

What is Alimony?

Alimony, also known as spousal support or maintenance, is a financial provision granted to one spouse from the other after a divorce.

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Annulment

What is an Annulment?

Annulment is a legal procedure that declares a marriage null and void.  An annulment treats a marriage as if it never happened in the first place.

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Child Support

What is Child Support?

Child support is a financial contribution made by a non-custodial parent, typically as part of a divorce or separation agreement, to assist with the cost of raising their child or children.

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Child Support Enforcement

What is Child Support Enforcement?

Child Support Enforcement (CSE) is a program that ensures financial support for children. The federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) plays a critical role in this program.

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Contested Divorce

What is Contested Divorce? 

A contested divorce is a type of divorce where the spouses cannot come to an agreement on essential issues such as the division of property, child custody, and spousal support payments. 

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Custody

What is Custody?

Custody, in the context of family law, typically refers to the rights and duties a parent or guardian has towards their child.

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Custody Hearing

What is a Custody Hearing? 

A custody hearing is a formal legal procedure held in family court, aimed at resolving issues related to the custody of children. 

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Division of Debt

What is the Division of Debt? 

Division of debt refers to the splitting of any outstanding debts between individuals who were in a marriage or domestic partnership and have decided to end their relationship.

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Division of Property

What is the Division of Property?
 

The division of property is the legal process of distributing property and assets between separating spouses.

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Divorce Court

What is a divorce court?

Learn how the legal process works to terminate a marriage and divide assets and debts.

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Divorce Settlement Agreement

What is a divorce settlement agreement?

Uncover how this contract can impact your divorce proceedings. 

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