Divorce Dictionary Part I

As your experienced family law lawyers in Melbourne we often throw around divorce law lingo that you’re not familiar with. Filing for divorce can be extremely overwhelming, so we’d like to take a moment to cover a few words that you will hear a lot during your divorce process.

  • Affidavit: A written statement, voluntarily signed under oath, usually in support of a motion. You will be required to fill out a “Financial Affidavit” as a step in your divorce process.
  • Alimony: Court-ordered spousal support, typically periodic payments, but can be paid in a lump sum as outlined in a marital agreement.
  • Community Property: A system of property division, which divides all property equally, despite whose name it is in as long as it was acquired during the marriage, excluding inheritances and gifts in some jurisdictions.
  • Court Docket: Formal court record of proceedings before it. All pleadings, orders, and judgments are notated here. Regarding divorce, the first entry is the complaint or petition for divorce, and the final entry is the judgment of divorce.
  • Divorce Decree: The court’s final judgment after expiration of the interlocutory period. This means you are legally divorced and are legally able to remarry.

We hope that you found the above divorce terminology to be informative. We look forward to sharing more divorce vocabulary with you in the near future. If you’re considering filing for divorce, you need aggressive and experienced family law lawyers in Melbourne. We encourage you to contact the Henderson Legal Group today to schedule your free case evaluation.


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