Glossary of Divorce Terms
Petitioner: Plaintiff, the spouse that initiates separation and / or divorce proceedings.
Physical Custody: Refers to a situation where one parent has the minor child residing or living with them for the majority of the time.
Plaintiff: The spouse who initiates separation and / or action for divorce. Petitioner.
Premarital Agreement: An agreement made prior to marriage which states the spouse’s rights and responsibilities in the event of death or divorce. Prenuptial agreement.
Prenuptial Agreement: Premarital agreement.
Pro Se: Appearing for oneself, as in the case of one who does not retain a lawyer and appears for himself / herself in court.