Divorce Terms – M

Aug 8, 2012 by

MAGISTRATE – Someone who performs many of the same things that a judge does, but is not allowed to issue a court order, rather only make suggestions. 
 
MAINTENANCE – Synonym for alimony of spousal support.
 
MARITAL PROPERTY – All property that is acquired by the spouses during the marriage. Usually does not include inheritance or property acquired before the marriage. 
MARITAL SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT - Agreement signed and approved by both parties in a divorce pertaining their rights to property, custody and support. 
 
MEDIATIONDivorce procedure where the court is not involved, rather a third neutral party is there to assist in the divorce process.
 
MEDIATOR – Neutral third party in the mediation process.
 
MILITARY ALLOTMENT – Automatic deduction from the non-custodial parent’s military salary.
 
MISTRIAL -The termination of a trial because of an error that makes the trial invalid. 
 
MODIFICATION – Changing the terms of a certain order.
 
MOTION - a written or verbal request to the court for some form of action.
 
MOTION TO MODIFY -A request to the court to modify a previous order regarding child support, alimony, custody or other divorce related issues.

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