Glossary

abandonment    The departure of one spouse from the marital home without the consent of the other spouse. In some states, this may constitute grounds for divorce.

action    A lawsuit. In matrimonial matters, it is usually a lawsuit for a divorce, an annulment, or a legal separation.

adultery    Engaging in sexual relations with someone other than one’s spouse. In some states, this may constitute grounds for divorce.

affidavit    A sworn statement of facts. Affidavits usually accompany motions and are used to avoid having to personally appear in court to testify. However, sometimes you might have to appear in court even though you have prepared an affidavit.

alimony, maintenance, or spousal support    Payments made by one spouse to the ...

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