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Civil legal organizations in Arizona are seeking your input to increase their ability to meet the civil legal needs of Arizona's lower income residents. Please complete this survey to assist in improving civil legal services in Arizona.

Encuesta de Necesidades Legales Civiles de Arizona

Las organizaciones legales civiles en Arizona buscan su opinión para aumentar su capacidad de satisfacer las necesidades legales civiles de los residentes de bajos ingresos de Arizona. Por favor complete esta encuesta para ayudar a mejorar los servicios legales civiles en Arizona.

Family Law

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Term Main definition

The schedule of time that a child has with each parent.

Synonyms - paternity time, visitation

To find a criminal defendant not guilty.


A dispute taken to court to be settled. Same as "case," "suit" and "lawsuit" when used in the courtroom context.

Synonyms - case, suit, lawsuit

To make a final decision; to give a judgment or a decree.

Administrative Process

A quasi-judicial system created by statute or rule to determine legal rights.


Evidence that is properly introduced in a trial.

Adversary System

Method used in the courts of the United States to settle legal disputes. Both individuals in the case tell their story to the judge and/or jury for resolution.


Someone who makes and signs an affidavit.


A written statement of fact, signed and sworn to in front of a notary or a person who has the right to administer an oath.


To uphold a decision made by a lower court.

Age of Majority

Age at which the duty of support terminates. Currently age 18 in Arizona unless the child is actually attending high school, a certified high school equivalency program, or is disabled.


Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System.

Aid to Families with Dependent Children

A category of public assistance paid on behalf of children who are deprived of support by one or both of their parents due to disability, or continued absence (including desertion) from the home.

Synonyms - AFDC

Support for a spouse or former spouse ordered by the court, this arrangement may be temporary or permanent. In a IV-D case this can be enforced only when there is an accompanying child support order. Also known as Spousal Maintenance.

Synonyms - Spousal Maintenance
Alleged Father

A person who has been named as the father of a child born out of wedlock, but for whom paternity has not yet been established.

Synonyms - Putative Father
Alternate Deduction

If a parent provides support for a child that is not the subject of this action, and for which there is no court order for support, the parent may include this monthly support amount in the child support calculation; however, the alternate deduction may not exceed the standard deduction that is automatically calculated

Alternate Parenting Plan

The children are with one parent on specified holidays in even years and with the other parent in odd years.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

A process to resolve a dispute in lieu of traditional litigation (e.g. mediation, arbitration or settlement conferences).

Synonyms - ADR
Annualize Paid Amounts

Monthly figures are used to calculate the child support obligation. Any adjustments to the child support amount shall be annualized so that the child support obligation every month is increased or decreased in an equal amount, instead of the obligation for particular months being abated, increased or decreased. Example: A parent incurs childcare costs of $150 per month, but only for nine months of the year. Multiply $150 by nine for a total of $1350. Divide $1350 by 12 months to arrive at an annualized monthly adjustment of $113.


A court process to declare that the persons were never legally married to begin with, because at the time of the marriage something was so wrong that no legal relationship could be established by marriage.