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Glossary of Terms, Abbreviations, and Acronyms for Single Parents

This glossary for single parents is designed to help you understand the legal terminology, acronyms, and general vocabulary relevant to single parenting.

Legal Terms Glossary
As a single parent, you need to be familiar with the legal terms that you may hear in family court or as you go through the process of secure child support or child custody. This glossary of legal terms includes relevant terms, acronyms, and abbreviations.

Accrual
Definition of accrual.

Automated Administrative Enforcement
Definition of Automated Administrative Enforcement (AAE).

Best Interests of the Child
Parents often hear the phrase "a child's best interests" and wonder what it really means. Learn more about this legal term and what it means in your state.

Bird's Nest Custody
Definition of bird's nest custody.

Child Support
Definition of child support.

Child Support
Definition of child support.

Custodial Parent
Definition of custodial parent.

Deadbeat Parent
Definition of deadbeat parent.

Deadbeat Parent
Definition of deadbeat parent.

Guardian Ad Litem
Guardian Ad Litem - Defined in Glossary of Terms for Single Parents

In Arrears
Definition of "in arrears."

Legal Custody
Definition of legal custody.

Non-Custodial Parent
Definition of non-custodial parent.

Obligor
Definition of obligor.

Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE)
Definition of OCSE - Office of Child Support Enforcement

Paternity - Legal Definition of Paternity
Paternity, in a legal sense, carries significant weight. Establishing paternity is the first step in determining or enforcing any child support order, and there are even some rare cases where, through what's called "the presumption of paternity," men who are not biologically related to their children are forced to pay child support.

Physical Custody
Definition of physical custody.

Presumption of Paternity
Presumption of Paternity refers the the court's position regarding a child who was conceived during a period of time when the biological mother was married. The adoption of presumption of paternity laws has resulted in many fathers being held accountable for paying child support to children who are not biologically related to them.

Pro Bono
Refer to this definition of pro bono to determine whether to proceed with a child custody or child support case with the assistance of a pro bono lawyer.

Pro Se
Refer to this legal definition of pro se to determine how to define pro se. Learn how to define pro se in child custody and child support proceedings.

Qualified Medical Child Support Order (QMCSO)
A Qualified Medical Child Support Order is used to provide health insurance and medical benefits under a non-custodial parent's health insurance plan.

Single Parent
Definition of single parent.

Single Parent Family
Definition of single parent family.

Sole Custody
Definition of sole custody.

Split Custody
Definition of split custody.

The Legal Definition of Abandonment
Abandonment of a child is defined as a parent's choice to willfully withhold physical, emotional, and financial support from a minor child.

Title IV-D
Definition of Title IV-D.

Title IV-D Agency
Definition of Title IV-D agency.

Title IV-D Recipient
Definition of Title IV-D recipient.

Affidavit
This glossary for single parents is designed to help you understand the legal terminology, acronyms, and general vocabulary relevant to the family court system.

Arrearage
The legal term arrearage is defined in this comprehensive glossary designed to help single parents understand the legal terminology, acronyms, and abbreviations used in family law and child support enforcement.

Arrears
The legal term arrears is defined in this comprehensive glossary designed to help single parents understand the legal terminology, acronyms, and abbreviations used in family law and child support enforcement.

Affidavit - Definition of the Legal Term Affidavit
Affidavit - Definition of the Legal Term Affidavit

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