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Glossary of Divorce Terms

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Garnishment: The process of moving the money of a debtor to a person who is owed a debt from a controlling other, such as an employer. In family law this may pertain to child support or alimony, where one spouse may have wages garnished ensuring payment of a debt to the other spouse.

Good Cause: Standard used to excuse a welfare recipient from cooperating with Child Support Enforcement because in cooperating the welfare recipient and their children may be in danger. Usually a result of violence and abuse by the non custodial parent.

Grounds: An acceptable reason for a complaint or petition There are only two grounds for divorce in North Carolina: a one-year separation and incurable insanity. There are several grounds for legal separation: (1) adultery (2) alcoholism and/or drug addiction (3) abandonment (4) cruel and inhuman treatment (5) turning a spouse out-of-doors and (6) personal indignities rendering life burdensome and intolerable.

Guardian Ad Litem: A trained social worker or counselor appointed by the court to represent the non legal interest of a minor during a divorce.