Divorce Terms – M
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.
MEDIATION – Divorce 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.