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  • interpleader

    When 2 or more people say they have a claim to the same thing held by a third party. The third party may force them to go to trial with each other to settle their dispute....

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  • interpreter

    A person that is certified as being able to translate, orally or in writing, spoken or sign language into the common language of the court....

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  • interrogatories

    Written questions sent by 1 side in a lawsuit to an opposing side as part of pretrial discovery in civil cases. The side that receives the interrogatories must answer them in writing under oath. (See ...

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  • interstate cases

    In child support, cases where the dependent child and the parent that owes support live in different states, or where 2 or more states are involved in some case activity, like enforcement....

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  • intestate

    To die without making a will or leaving instructions for disposal of your property after death. (See also testate.)...

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  • inventory

    (1) A detailed list of property; (2) the number of cases in various stages of the court process....

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  • issue

    (1) The disputed point between parties in a lawsuit; (2) to send out officially, as when a court issues an order....

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  • IV-A("4-A") case

    A child support case where a custodial parent and child(ren) get public assistance benefits under the state's IV-A program, which is funded under title IV-A of the Social Security Act. Applicants for ...

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  • IV-D ("4-D")

    Refers to title IV-D of the Social Security Act, which says that each state must create a program to find noncustodial parents, establish paternity, establish and enforce child support obligations, an...

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  • What is IV-E ("4-E") case?

    A child support case where the state provides benefits or services under title IV-E of the Social Security Act to a person, family, or institution that is raising child(ren) not their own. As with oth...

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  • jeopardy

    Risk to a defendant of possible conviction and punishment. In a criminal case, the defendant is usually said to be "in jeopardy" after the preliminary hearing has taken place and the jury has been swo...

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  • joinder

    Generally, a bringing or joining together. For example, plaintiffs joining in a suit, or a joining of actions or defense....

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  • Joint Custody

    A court order that gives both parents legal and physical custody of a child....

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  • Joint Legal Custody

    A type of court order that allows either or both parents to make important decisions about a child's health, education, and well being....

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  • Joint Physical Custody

    A type of court order in which a child spends about the same amount of time living with both parents....

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