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Lost in translation: The language of divorce

On Behalf of | Mar 22, 2019 | Divorce |

People talk about divorce in countless ways, from dissolution of marriage to consciously uncoupling. Regardless of what you call it, discussing divorce can be an upsetting process. Not only do people typically struggle with painful emotions and difficult decisions, but they can quickly become overwhelmed by the legal terminology and nuances.

Many people know someone who’s been through a divorce and have read news stories about people divorcing are quite common. However, there is a lot about divorce that can get lost in translation when people do not have a legal background or direct experience with the process.

Jurisdictional confusion

Every state has its own laws when it comes to divorce and divorce-related matters, and what jurisdiction would be appropriate to hear a particular case involving a divorce. This means that people can easily get inaccurate information if they are using information from another state or attemption to research jurisdiction on the internet. Further, the terminology varies, as well. An example is this article that explains mergers and survivals, which are types of agreements. However, such phrases are not used in the same way in North Carolina laws. We also use legal terminology here that other states do not. 

Misleading, misunderstood terms

Some terms mean one thing in the legal context and something else in other contexts. Terms such as “best interests of the child” or “equitable” can mean different things to different people. Additionally, people might misunderstand concepts like what is “reasonable” in terms of support.

These phrases can spark disagreements and conflict when people misunderstand them or assume they mean something in the legal context that they do not.

Legal jargon

Finally, it is important to understand that divorce is a legal process. And that means that the process and paperwork that goes along with it can be full of obscure or unusual legal language. Terminology such as complainant, divorce from bed and board, and contested matter can make it difficult for someone to understand the process and their responsibilities.

Because of all the difficulties that can arise when it comes to understanding the language of divorce, it would be wise to work with an attorney as you navigate yours. Engaging an attorney to help you with your separation and divorce can help you avoid misunderstandings and focus on reaching reaching a resolution of your case without worrying about the complexities of the legal process.