The Divorce Dictionary: Legal Terms You Need to Know

Going through a divorce is a life-altering process that can be challenging and confusing. Understanding some of the legal terms will help you navigate through an unfamiliar divorce process.

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Alimony- Financial support that a person is ordered by a court to give to their spouse during separation or following divorce.


Child Support- Court-ordered payments, typically made by a noncustodial divorced parent, to support one's minor child or children.


Custody- Money that a non-custodial parent pays to the custodial parent for their child(ren)'s support.


Deposition- A witness's sworn out-of-court testimony. It is used to gather information as part of the discovery process and, in limited circumstances, may be used at trial.


Equitable Distribution- A judicial division of property rights and obligations between spouses during divorce. It may be done by agreement, through a property settlement, or by judicial decree.

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Joint Legal Custody- A form of child custody to which custody rights are awarded to both parents.


Marital Property- Property acquired during the course of a marriage.


Non-custodial Parent- The parent who does not have physical custody of the child(ren).


Stipulation- An agreement entered into by the divorcing spouses that settles the issues between them and is often entered into the court's final order or judgment and decree.


Spousal Support- Financial support that a person is ordered by a court to give to their spouse during separation or following divorce.


Visitation- The time that a noncustodial parent spends with his or her child(ren).

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Although these definitions will help you begin to understand some of the terms used throughout the divorce process, legal representation can be extremely beneficial during this time. The C.Y. Lee Legal Group, PLLC has more than a decade of experience helping individuals through the divorce process and are committed to helping you find the best solution for your case while keeping your best interests in mind. Consider scheduling a consultation to see how we can best help you.



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