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  1. Bifurcated Divorce
  2. guardian ad litem
  3. fornication
  4. collusion
  5. contempt
  1. a sexual intercourse between unmarried persons
  2. b a special guardian appointed by the court to represent the interests of another.
  3. c an agreement between spouses in a divorce proceeding that one or both will lie to the court to facilitate the obtaining of the divorce.
  4. d Obstructing or assailing the authority or dignity of the court such as by intentionally violating a court order.
  5. e A case in which the dissolution of the marriage--the divorce itself--is tried separately from other issues in the marriage such as the division of property. Suppose, for example, that the parties have a bitter and complicated dispute over business assets and pension rights. Rather than waiting until these issues are resolved, the court may have the power to dissolve the marriage now in one proceeding and then resolve the economic issues in a separate proceeding. This allows the parties to get on with their lives (e.g. to marry someone else) much sooner than would otherwise be possible. A bifurcated divorce is similar to a divisible divorce in that both tell us that the divorce has separate parts. A divisible divorce means that not all parts are entitled to full faith and credit. A bifurcated divorce mean that the parts are resolved in separate proceedings.

5 Multiple choice questions

  1. such discord exists between the spouses that it is impossible for them to live together in a normal marital relationship
  2. a declaration by a court that parties can live separate and apart even though they are still married to each other
  3. there was an express or implied forgiveness by the innocent spouse of the marital fault committed by the other spouse.
  4. A divorce judgment that is enforceable only in part. A divorce judgment can (1) dissolve the marriage (2) award spousal support, (3) award child support, (4) divide marital property and (5) award child custody. AS we will see, a court needs more that one kind of jurisdiction to accomplish all of these objectives. The court may try to accomplish all five, but only that part of the judgment for which it had proper jurisdiction is enforceable. In other words, the judgment is divisible int the parts for which the court had proper jurisdiction and the parts for which it did not. For example, assume that a court dissolves the marriage and awards child support. If the court had the right kinds of jurisdiction to award child support, then only the part of the judgment that dissolved the marriage is enforceable. Another state would not havae to give full faith and credit to the child-support award but would have to give such credit to the dissolution itself.
  5. voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and someone to whom he or she is not married

5 True/False questions

  1. exclusive, continuing jurisdictionthe personal jurisdiction that a state acquires over a nonresident defendant because of his or her purposeful contact with the state.


  2. Collusive divorcea divorce decree obtained in a state other than the state where an attempt is made to enforce that decree. For example, a divoce decree that is granted in Iowa or in France would be a foreign divoce when an attempt is made to enforce it in New York.


  3. uncontestedthe infliction of serious physical or mental suffering on another


  4. in forma pauperisNot final, interim


  5. counterclaimmixing or blending all property, however acquired, to achieve greater equality