family lawThe legal process may seem confusing to people who are unfamiliar with it. But, if you are involved in a family law case, it’s important to understand what is happening.

If you are researching family law, chances are you might be going through a difficult time. It’s crucial to find a lawyer who is willing to help you navigate through this time and help you reach the best outcome possible.

Family Law Terms Breakdown

Understanding family law terms can help you be more equipped for future legal proceedings. Review the following five legal terms and their definitions to be better prepared:

Best Interests of the Child

If you are going through a divorce and have children, this phrase will be used often. When a judge decides which parent should have custody, he or she considers the best interests for the child. Factors that determine best interests can include each parent’s financial, mental, emotional, and physical stability.


In a legal process, discovery is a period of time that attorneys are legally allowed to obtain information from the other side. Many attorneys use interrogatories (written questions) and depositions (in-person, recorded interviews) during the discovery period.

Fault Grounds

In order for a person to sue for divorce, your attorney may have to establish fault grounds. This means the attorney will have to prove marital misconduct such as abuse, abandonment, or adultery.

Pendente Lite

Pendente lite is Latin for “pending the litigation.” During this time, a provisional arrangement for custody, child support, alimony, and more is determined and must be followed until the final hearing.

Residency Requirement

Every state has certain requirements that a couple must meet before filing for divorce. One of the requirements includes living a certain amount of time within that state or county—this is known as residency requirement.

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