Divorce Law Dictionary

  • Petition — The petition, formerly called the “Petition for Dissolution of Marriage” initiates the divorce process and requests that the court grant certain terms asked for by the petitioner in the petition.
  • Service of ProcessService of process is the formal procedure for ensuring that the spouse receives the petition and all other important documents throughout the divorce. Upon delivery, Proof of service is provided to the court via Affidavit.
  • Response — The spouse must respond to the petition in a specified number of days.
  • Default — The court may grant a default judgment to the petitioner if the respondent spouse fails to answer the petition by the deadline.
  • Financial affidavit — Both spouses are required to complete and file a notarized a Family Law financial affidavit that accurately reflects their assets, liabilities and net-worth.
  • DiscoveryDiscovery is the process by which each spouse can obtain and uncover vital, relevant information and documents from the other spouse, as well as witnesses and entities previously unknown or undisclosed by the other party.
  • DepositionsDepositions involve questioning a witness under oath before a court reporter and are often used to elicit important information from a spouse or other person who possesses pertinent information.
  • InterrogatoriesInterrogatories are written questions posed by one spouse to the other.

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