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  • Family Law Facilitator

    A lawyer with experience in family law who works for the superior court in every California county to help parents and children involved in family law cases with child, spousal, and partner support pr...

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  • Family Court Orientation

    A class that prepares parents for court-ordered mediation. A counselor talks to parents about how their relationship affects their children, and tells them what they need to know about custody and vis...

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  • Family violence indicator (FVI)

    The Federal Case Registry (FCR) uses this term to identify a person involved in a family violence case or order in another state. "FVI" means the person was involved with child abuse or domestic viole...

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  • FAPE

    Stands for a "free, appropriate public education." Used to describe special education rights....

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  • Federal Case Registry (FCR) of Child Support

    A national database of information on all people with IV-D (called "4 D") cases and people with non-IV-D orders entered or changed on or after October 1, 1998....

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  • Federal employer identification number (FEIN)

    A 9-digit number assigned to all employers by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). This is used for collecting child support from a parent's paycheck....

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  • Federal Parent Locator Service (FPLS)

    A computerized national network and database run by the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). FPLS collects address and employer inf...

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  • Federal question jurisdiction

    Authority given to federal courts to hear a case if it involves the interpretation or application of federal law, like the U.S. Constitution, acts of Congress, and treaties....

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  • Federal Tax Refund Offset Program

    A federal program that collects overdue child support payments from parents. The program can take a parent's federal income tax refunds or federal retirement benefits....

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  • fee

    A specific amount of money that's paid in exchange for a service, such as filing a court paper....

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  • fee waiver

    Permission not to pay the court's filing fees. People with very low income can ask the court clerk for a fee waiver form. Click here for more information on fee waivers and court fees....

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  • felony

    A serious crime that can be punished by more than 1 year in prison or by death (Compare infraction, misdemeanor.)...

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  • fiduciary

    A person that acts for another person's benefit, like a trustee. It can also be an adjective and mean something that is based on a trust or confidence. (See also trustee.)...

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  • file

    When a person officially gives a paper to a court clerk and that paper becomes part of the record of a case....

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  • file-stamped

    See endorsed-filed copies....

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