The divorce process can be intimidating. The court has its own language. There are specific procedures to follow in order to file necessary documents.
You may have many questions about how a divorce case moves through the legal system.
To help you get you started answering those questions, here are some family law and divorce definitions for families in Lawrenceville, GA.
GENERAL LEGAL TERMS
- Action. A lawsuit for legal separation or divorce.
- Petitioner. Individual who files a petition for relief from the court.
- Plaintiff. The individual who initiates a lawsuit or complaint.
- Respondent. The individual who is responding to a lawsuit.
- Defendant. The individual defending against a petition or lawsuit.
- Deposition. Answering questions under oath in an attorney’s office or the courthouse. Judges are not present during deposition.
- Motion. A request made to the judge while an action is pending or at trial. Motions can be made orally during a trial or in writing. In divorce cases, motions can be made for temporary custody, visitation or support or to prevent someone from taking assets like property and money.
- Affidavit. A sworn statement of fact that typically accompanies a motion and substitutes for giving court testimony in person.
- Order. A ruling issued by a judge directing a person to do something or refrain from doing something.
WHAT DIVORCE DEFINITIONS DO I NEED TO KNOW?
- Grounds. The legal basis for dissolving a marriage. Georgia has thirteen grounds for divorce.
- No Fault Ground. One of Georgia’s grounds for divorce. This ground holds neither spouse responsible for the divorce and asserts that the marriage is irretrievably broken.
- Judgment of Divorce. The written document stating that the spouses are now divorced. Also called a divorce decree.
- Alimony. Payment made by one spouse to the other spouse to maintain the recipient spouse’s household and lifestyle.
- Child Support. Payment made by one spouse to provide for the material needs of a dependent child or children.
- Custody. Provision for which parent has legal supervision over a minor child or children following a divorce. Physical custody can be sole or joint and typically includes arrangements for visitation and input by the noncustodial parent.
- Marital Property. Property, financial assets and debt acquired by both spouses during the marriage.
An expert divorce attorney can guide you through the legal process and ensure your interests are properly represented before the court.
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