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|Joint legal custody||A form of custody of minor children in which the parents share the responsibilities and major decision-making related to the child.|
|Joint physical custody||A form of custody of minor children in which the parents share the actual physical custody of the child. (see child custody section in your state).|
|Joint property||Property that is held in the name of more than one person.|
|Joint tenancy||A form of joint ownership in which each joint owner has an equal share.|
|Judgment||The ruling or order of the court.|
|Judgment of divorce||A formal written document that states that a man and a woman are divorced. This is prepared by an attorney and presented to the court for the Judge to sign. In some states and provinces, this is recognized a the Divorce Decree or Decree of Dissolution.|
|Jurisdiction||The power of the court to rule on issues related to the parties, their children and their property.|