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Glossary of Legal Definitions

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The following list of legal definitions taken from the California Court's website may be useful in your California Family Law case. For further definitions in other areas of law not covered here, please visit the California Court's website.



A court official that records the proceedings in trials, including the questions asked of, and answers made by, witnesses.

Request For Admission

A method of discovery in which 1 party formally and in writing asks the opposing party to admit the truth of certain facts relevant to a case. (See also discovery.)


To put on the court calendar again. (See also calendar.)


The usual, official place of residence. The place where a person makes his or her home.


The person against whom an appeal is made; the responding party in a dissolution, nullity, adoption, or probate case. (See also dissolution, nullity.)

Restraining Order

A court order that tells a person to stop doing something for a certain amount of time, usually until a court hearing is held. (See also injunction.)


When an appellate court sets aside the decision of a trial court. A reversal is often accompanied by a remand to the lower court for further proceedings.

Review And Adjustment

Process in which current financial information is obtained from both parties in a child support case by a IV-D agency and evaluated to decide if a support order needs to be adjusted.


Evidence presented at trial by 1 party in order to overcome evidence introduced by another party.


The act of voiding or canceling something, usually probation or a driver’s license.

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