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Ammon Gresham Dunton

Land Use & Zoning, Traffic, Employment, Divorce & Family Law
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Amy M. P. Van Fossen

Traffic, Child Custody, DUI-DWI, Toxic Mold & Tort
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Amy M. P. Van Fossen

Traffic, Child Custody, DUI-DWI, Toxic Mold & Tort
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Amy M. P. Van Fossen

Traffic, Child Custody, DUI-DWI, Toxic Mold & Tort
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Amy M. P. Vanfossen

Traffic, Child Custody, DUI-DWI, Toxic Mold & Tort
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Amy M. P. Vanfossen

Family Law, Divorce, DUI-DWI, Criminal
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Barbara Hubbard Breeden

Divorce & Family Law, Criminal, Civil Rights, Civil & Human Rights
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Benjamin H. B. Hubbard

Workers' Compensation, Family Law, Insurance, Personal Injury
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Breckenridge Ingles

Wrongful Termination, Divorce, Divorce & Family Law, Criminal
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Brian Wayne Decker

Divorce & Family Law, Criminal, Accident & Injury
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LEGAL TERMS

DESERTION

The voluntary abandonment of one spouse by the other, without the abandoned spouse's consent. Commonly, desertion occurs when a spouse leaves the marital home f... (more...)
The voluntary abandonment of one spouse by the other, without the abandoned spouse's consent. Commonly, desertion occurs when a spouse leaves the marital home for a specified length of time. Desertion is a grounds for divorce in states with fault divorce.

CRUELTY

Any act of inflicting unnecessary emotional or physical pain. Cruelty or mental cruelty is the most frequently used fault ground for divorce because as a practi... (more...)
Any act of inflicting unnecessary emotional or physical pain. Cruelty or mental cruelty is the most frequently used fault ground for divorce because as a practical matter, courts will accept minor wrongs or disagreements as sufficient evidence of cruelty to justify the divorce.

PROVOCATION

The act of inciting another person to do a particular thing. In a fault divorce, provocation may constitute a defense to the divorce, preventing it from going t... (more...)
The act of inciting another person to do a particular thing. In a fault divorce, provocation may constitute a defense to the divorce, preventing it from going through. For example, if a wife suing for divorce claims that her husband abandoned her, the husband might defend the suit on the grounds that she provoked the abandonment by driving him out of the house.

COMPLAINT

Papers filed with a court clerk by the plaintiff to initiate a lawsuit by setting out facts and legal claims (usually called causes of action). In some states a... (more...)
Papers filed with a court clerk by the plaintiff to initiate a lawsuit by setting out facts and legal claims (usually called causes of action). In some states and in some types of legal actions, such as divorce, complaints are called petitions and the person filing is called the petitioner. To complete the initial stage of a lawsuit, the plaintiff's complaint must be served on the defendant, who then has the opportunity to respond by filing an answer. In practice, few lawyers prepare complaints from scratch. Instead they use -- and sometimes modify -- pre-drafted complaints widely available in form books.

VISITATION RIGHTS

The right to see a child regularly, typically awarded by the court to the parent who does not have physical custody of the child. The court will deny visitation... (more...)
The right to see a child regularly, typically awarded by the court to the parent who does not have physical custody of the child. The court will deny visitation rights only if it decides that visitation would hurt the child so much that the parent should be kept away.

MARITAL TERMINATION AGREEMENT

See divorce agreement.

STIRPES

A term used in wills that refers to descendants of a common ancestor or branch of a family.

PATERNITY SUIT

A lawsuit to determine the identity of the father of a child born outside of marriage, and to provide for the support of the child once the identity of the fath... (more...)
A lawsuit to determine the identity of the father of a child born outside of marriage, and to provide for the support of the child once the identity of the father has been determined.

ISSUE

A term generally meaning all your children and their children down through the generations, including grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and so on. Also called... (more...)
A term generally meaning all your children and their children down through the generations, including grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and so on. Also called 'lineal descendants.'