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Glossary of Divorce Terms

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Decree: The divorce decree, also known as the divorce judgment, is reached at the time that absolute divorce is granted by the clerk of the court who then sends the necessary information to the office of vital statistics.

Deposition: An element of discovery, wherein you will be asked questions which you answer in the presence of your attorney. A transcript of the deposition is prepared.

Discovery: An information gathering process that involves requests for documentation, interrogatories and depositions.

Dissolution: The legal termination of a marriage. Also, Divorce, Absolute divorce.

Divorce: Legal termination of a marriage relationship. In North Carolina the Absolute Divorce which breaks the marital contract and marital ties and releases both parties from all the obligations and responsibilities of marriage.

Divorce Judgment: This is the legal document that grants your divorce.

Domestic Violence: Acts upon an aggrieved party by a current or former spouse of the aggrieved or by a person of the opposite sex with whom the aggrieved lives or has lived as if married. Defined as, attempting to cause bodily injury or intentionally causing bodily injury; or placing the aggrieved or a member of the aggrieved household or family in fear of imminent serious bodily injury or continued harassment. Also called a 50B for the chapter designation in the North Carolina General Statutes that the law is codified in. A civil restraining order is the remedy. The restraining order can be awarded for up to one year and can be renewed prior to its expiration if needed.