Glossary of Legal Terms Relating to Divorce and Family Law

November 4th, 2016

If there’s one thing Beaverton attorneys can agree on it’s that there are a lot of legal terms related to divorce and family law.

legal termsBelow are some key legal terms and their definitions. Hopefully, this brief glossary will help you better understand divorce and family law proceedings.

Annulment: A divorce ends a marriage but acknowledges that a marriage took place. An annulment dissolves a marriage and treats it like it never happened.

Appeal: If you are dissatisfied with a judge’s ruling you can appeal it. Remember, appeals are usually rare, costly, and time-consuming.

Automatic Restraining Orders: When you file a complaint with a court clerk, certain restraining orders automatically come into effect.

Discovery: The process of disclosing pertinent information, such as assets and liabilities, to the other party.

File/Filing: This refers to filing your complaint with the court clerk and paying filing fees. Once you have filed, your lawsuit has commenced, and the court has the jurisdiction to rule on your matter.

Parenting Time: Oregon uses the term “parenting time” instead of “visitation.” Therefore, both custodial and non-custodial parents have “parenting time.”

Prenuptial Agreement: Also known as premarital agreement or prenup, this document defines the rights and responsibilities of each party before they enter matrimony.

If you have questions about your divorce or your pending divorce, contact Ronald Johnston, an experienced family law attorney in Beaverton.

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