These words are not explicitly used in family, and are very common in all aspects of the law. Since they are not used as frequently when not speaking in terms of the law, they are not as commonly used or known making “law speak” a little confusing. Here are the definitions for the most common family law words:

Restraining Order: An order used by a court to protect a person or entity in a situation involving alleged domestic violence, harassment, stalking, or sexual assault.

Guardianship: When a person is appointed to make legal decisions for another person who is unable to make those decisions on their own, whether it be due to age or illness.

Alimony: A legal obligation to provide financial support to a spouse before or after marital separation or divorce.

Affidavit: A written sworn statement of fact.

Annulment: The legal process for declaring a marriage null and void in a manner as if it never happened.