If you are thinking about or going through a divorce, it is important to have a basic understanding of legal divorce terms. By educating yourself, you can position yourself to best protect your rights and interests. Some of the most common divorce legal terms include:
Petition Or Complaint
A petition or complaint is the legal document that commences a divorce case. If you desire a divorce and cannot or do not want to retain an attorney, court clerks in most jurisdictions typically maintain standard form petitions or complaints for divorce for your use.
A no-fault divorce is a proceeding in which you do not allege wrongdoing on the part of your spouse. Rather, in filing a divorce petition or complaint you allege irreconcilable differences.
Irreconcilable differences in divorce proceedings is the legal term meaning that you and your spouse no longer can live together as husband and wife. In addition, there exists no reasonable prospect that you and your spouse will be able to reconcile.
Fault divorce requires that you demonstrate wrongdoing by your spouse in a divorce petition or complaint. Examples of wrongdoing sufficient to support a fault divorce include adultery, addiction to mind altering substances and intentional abandonment.
Contact an Oceanside Divorce Attorney
You also always have the right to obtain legal representation, including assistance in understanding terminology and procedures of divorce cases. If you are looking for assistance, contact the Oceanside divorce attorneys at The Edmunds Law Firm at (800) 431-2526, or fill out the contact form on our website. We also have 100’s of divorce terms indexed and organized with comprehensive definitions at our online Divorce Encyclopedia.