Divorce Terms – S
SANCTIONS – Punishment ordered by the court.
SEPARATE MAINTENANCE – An action filed for a financial support system between two spouses whom do not reside together and are not currently seeking a divorce.
SEPARATE PROPERTY – Property that was acquired by one spouse prior to the marriage, which in most states is not up for equal distribution in a divorce settlement.
When spouses no longer live together in the same residence.
SEPARATION AGREEMENT - Agreement on support, child care and property occurring in the post-separation, pre- divorce period.
SERVICE OF PROCESS – The act of physically presenting the complaint or summons to the defendant or respondent.
SET ASIDE – To annul, revoke, or cancel a past judgment made by the court.
SETOFF – The process of weighing each spouses debts against one another.
SEVERABILITY – The acknowledgment that once clause in a contract is independent from the others.
SOLE CUSTODY –
Type of custody where one parent is given both legal and physical custody of the child.
SPLIT CUSTODY – Custody in which both parents have the same amount of time with the child, in addition both parents are granted the right to make decisions regarding the child.
SPOUSAL SUPPORT – The money that one spouse pays the other in installments or a lump sum, depending on a number of factors.
SPOUSE – Wife or husband.
STIPULATION – An agreement between the parties or counsel involved in a legal process.
that is served to someone that is not directly involved in the case, but is needed for their testimony regarding the case.
SUMMONS - A notification to the defendant that states that there has been an action filed against him or her.
SUPPORT- Payments made to assist with things such as food, housing, and clothing.