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  • service of process

    The delivery of legal papers to the opposing party. The papers must be delivered by an adult aged 18 or older that is not involved in the case and that swears to the date and method of delivery to the...

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  • settlement

    An agreement reached among the parties that resolves the case at any time before a judge's decision in the case or a jury verdict. (See also finding, verdict.)...

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  • settlement agreement

    In a dissolution, legal separation, or annulment of marriage or domestic partnership, a stipulated judgment will often include a settlement agreement. A settlement agreement is a written contract betw...

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  • severance of actions

    To separate multiple criminal actions, defendants, causes of action, or cross-complaints for separate trials....

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  • show cause

    A court order telling a person to appear in court and present any evidence why the orders requested by the other side should not be granted or executed.. A show cause order is usually based on a motio...

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  • sine die

    Without assigning a specific day for further hearing; from the Latin for "without a day."...

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  • slander

    Defamation of a person's character or reputation through false or malicious oral statements. (Compare libel.)...

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  • small claims case

    A civil case for a monetary judgment of $5,000 or less. (See also small claims court.)...

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  • small claims court

    The division of the trial court that handles civil cases asking for $7,500 or less. The plaintiff can file either a small claims case or a regular civil (of limited jurisdiction) case in superior cour...

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  • small claims court commissioner

    A small claims court commissioner is a lawyer hired by the court to hear and decide small claims court cases....

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  • Sole Legal Custody

    A type of court order in which one parent has the legal authority to make the major decisions affecting the child, like health care, education, and religion. If the parents do not agree on a decision ...

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  • Sole Physical Custody

    See Primary Physical Custody....

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  • Sole Proprietorship

    An unincorporated business that is owned by one individual...

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  • special education

    Instruction specially designed to meet the unique needs of a child whose disability affects his or her educational performance or ability to learn in a regular classroom....

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  • spousal support

    Court-ordered support of a spouse or ex-spouse; also called "maintenance" or "alimony."...

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