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Glossary of Legal Terms  

Glossary of Family Law Terms

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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.