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Glossary of Divorce Terms

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Beneficiary: A person documented to receive the benefit of a will or insurance policy. Usually a spouse or children of the willed or policy holder.

Best Interest of the Child: The discretion of the court with respect to support, visitation and custody of children in a divorce and / or separation.

Bigamy: A criminal offense involving marrying someone while a previous spouse is still living and no divorce has occurred.

Bill of Particulars: Specific information attached to a complaint or petition regarding the complaint.

Biological Parent: A true biological parent of a child by blood.

Brief: The document explaining the particular details of a case presented to the court.

Burden of Proof: Any claim made against an opposing spouse must be proven to the court with sufficient evidence.