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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Tax intercept The process by which a child support judgment debtor's federal and state income tax refunds are diverted to pay a support arrearage.
Temporary custody A spouse's right to have parenting time with his or her child. It includes extended stays and overnights.
Temporary restraining order An order of the court prohibiting a party from acting - for example, threatening, harassing, or physically abusing the other spouse and/or the children; selling personal property; taking money out of accounts; denying the other spouse a motor vehicle.
Testimony Statements delivered under oath at a hearing or deposition.
Transcript A written presentation of testimony given at a trial or at a deposition.
Transfer To switch ownership from one person to another.
Transitional childcare A welfare program by which welfare recipients who stop receiving AFDC due to employment, but who can't afford to pay childcare costs, receive subsidized childcare assistance, usually for one year.
Trial A formal court hearing to decide the disputed issues filed in the complaint or summons.