Family law uses some commonly used legal terms and other advanced vocabularies. Below is a quick primer on the definition of some commonly used words in family law to help you understand them better. Note that these definitions are for reference purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.
AUTHORIZATION AND DIRECTION
Is a form signed by a client which permits a third party to send documents to someone or to speak with someone.
Is a neutral third party hired by the involved parties to conduct an arbitration or a settlement of a dispute.
Is a process of dispute resolution which is voluntarily entered by the involved parties in place of the court.
Is the decision given by an arbitrator.
CHARTERED BUSINESS VALUATOR
Is the term for financial professionals who are retained to assist in giving value to someone’s business or income.
Is a payment that is sent from one parent to another for the benefit of a child.
Is an agreement entered into by two individuals who are living together or who are about to live together. This agreement addresses issues concerning spousal support and properties in the event of relationship breakdown.
Is information about an individual’s financial details during a particular time period and/or specific dates.
Is a standard form that sets out a person’s financial position during a particular time period and/or specific dates.
Are comments and/or reasons, and/or a decision by a judge that is written after an appearance in court.
Is the payment from one party to the other party to match or balance the net family properties of each party.
Is the term used to mean that a document in question has been filed with the court.
Stands for The Family Responsibility Office
Is an agreement between two individuals who are married or who are planning to get married. This contract addresses potential issues such as spousal support and division of properties in the event of marriage breakdown.
Is a neutral third party hired by the involved parties to facilitate mediation.
Is an alternative process for dispute resolution which is entered into by the parties as a means to resolve their disputes.
MINUTES OF SETTLEMENT
Is a document signed by both parties to signify that the parties have come to an agreement.
NET FAMILY PROPERTY
Refers to the net worth of the family that is assessed to calculate the equalization payment.
Is an endorsement that is entered and issued by the court.
Is an agreement that sets the parenting terms as agreed by the parties involved.
Are professionals who help parents in implementing issues that result from a parenting plan.
Is a term that refers to a client or their spouse.
Is a term that means that a document has been formally delivered to a party in accordance with the rules of family law.
Is a term that refers to the practice of when a party is not represented by a lawyer.
Is an agreement that finalizes issues resulting from the breakdown of the relationship. This agreement addresses issues such as property division and child support.
Is monetary support paid from one spouse to another for compensatory reasons or to fulfill the terms of a contract or agreement.
Is a letter of authorization that states that one party is permitted to travel with the children.