Glossary of Family Law Terms
W X Y Z #
- A -
Ab Initio: Latin for "from the beginning."
Action: Judicial proceeding.
Adultery: Sexual relations between a married person and another who is not that personís spouse.
Affidavit: A written statement under oath.
Agreement: Mutual assent between two or more parties; normally leads to a contract; may be verbal or written.
Answer: Pleading filed by the defendant that responds to a complaint, petition, or motion.
Alimony: Money or other property paid to support oneís spouse after a divorce or separation.
Annulment: A declaration by the court that a valid marriage never existed.
Appeal: A request to the higher court for review of the lower courtís decision and reversal of the judgment.
Arbitration: Submitting a dispute to a third party who will help resolve the issue between the parties.