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LEGAL TERMINOLOGY


ALIMONY
As referred to in "The Divorce Bible for Women" alimony is the payment of money to a wife for her expenses. There are several types of alimony - rehabilitative, temporary, permanent and lump sum. Entitlement to alimony is not always clear and can change. Two women with identical circumstances in the same courthouse can end up with two completely different outcomes. It helps to be prepared.

CHILD CUSTODY
Child Custody as referred to in "The Divorce Bible for Women" is the determination by a court of which parent has actual custody of the child or children. There are two kinds of custody - joint and sole.

For more information on child support and child support enforcement see the Florida Bar Journal web site at http://www.flabar.org/newflabar/publicmediainfo/TFBJournal/mar00-4.html

CHILD SUPPORT
Child Support referred to in "The Divorce Bible for Women" is money the husband (or child's father) must pay to help support the child. It includes money for food, clothing, shelter, education, medical and other expenses.

Although there are mandatory guidelines and punishments for enforcement of child support, there are many factors that judges will actually consider in determining the amount of child support a woman receives for her children.

For more information on child support and child support enforcement see the Florida Bar Journal web site at: http://www.flabar.org/newflabar/publicmediainfo/TFBJournal/mar00-4.html

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Domestic Violence referred to in "The Divorce Bible for Women" is psychological, emotional and/or physical abuse by a boy friend or husband. It includes slapping, punching, pinching, harassing, embarrassing and threatening behavior with words, weapons or objects.

Frequently women who are the victims of such abuse deny their circumstances and make excuses for their husband's (boyfriend's) behavior. They are often scared and alone and may think they are to blame. Too often they think there is nothing they can do to stop the violent behavior.

It is important to get help and to have a plan. It is crucial to know what can and should be done and not to rely entirely on the "system."

 

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