Divorce Dictionary

Unfamiliar with a term? Need to clarify a definition? This comprehensive dictionary of words commonly used during the divorce process can help.
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Emancipation

The point at which a minor comes of age. The age is typically 18 or 21.

Encumbered When a lien, mortgage or other restraint is placed against a property.
Entrepreneurial profit A market - derived figure that represents the amount an entrepreneur expects to receive in addition to costs; the difference between total cost and market value.
Equitable division (distribution) A system of dividing property acquired by spouses during their marriage in connection with a divorce proceeding.
Equity The net proceeds from the sale of a home, minus the fees of the solicitor and the real estate agent and the satisfying of the mortgage.
Estate A right or interest in property or the property of a deceased person.
Evaluation A study of the nature, quality, or unity of a parcel of real estate or interests in, or aspects of, real property, in which a value estimate is not necessarily required.
Evidence Documents, testimony or other informational material offered to the court to prove or disprove allegations in the pleadings.
Ex - parte Court relief that is granted due to the absence of opposing party.
Exhibit An item of evidence presented to the court.
Expectancy Future proceeds from an estate.
Expert witness A professional used to help a judge reach a decision. Experts can include: Appraisers, Counselors, Evaluators, Accountants.