Glossary of Divorce Terms
TPR: Termination of Parental Rights, also “legally free” a child whose parents’ rights have been terminated, by the state, or for some other reason. The state acts as the child’s guardian until an adoption, or other permanent plan is decided.
Tax Intercept: The process of diverting the tax refunds of a child support judgment debtor to pay child support that is in arrears.
Temporary Custody: A parent’s time with his or her child(ren). Including overnights and extended stays, this is a right of the parent who does not have primary custody.
Temporary Restraining Order: A court order that prohibits a party from participating in any number activities relevant to another person or persons. Prohibited activities are typically related to threats, harassment, physical abuse of a spouse or child(ren), selling personal property, taking money from accounts, or prohibiting use of a motor vehicle.
Testimony: Statements delivered under oath at a hearing or deposition.
Transitional Child Care: A program through which recipients of welfare who no longer receive AFDC because of employment, and can not afford the costs of childcare, receive a subsidy for assistance for a limited period of time, usually one year.