Glossary - Family Law

impute income

In Family Law

Imputing income is when the court decides how much income a person makes or should be making. This figure is different from the income the person says they earn.

For example, if a person says that they have no income, but there is proof that they earn income in cash that they do not report on their income taxes, the judge can impute income. Or if a person quit their job so they wouldn’t have to pay support, the judge can impute income.

independent legal advice

In Abuse and Family Violence, Child abuse and neglect, Family Law

Independent legal advice (ILA) is when you get your own legal advice from a lawyer. The advice is independent because your lawyer is only working for you. A different lawyer works for the other parent or any other party.

intestacy rules

In Family Law

Intestacy rules are the legal rules that say who inherits property when someone dies without a valid will. Common-law partners don’t get anything under these rules. A married partner does inherit property under these rules. Children and other relatives may also inherit property under these rules.


In Family Law

Most court forms that start a court process have to be issued. For example, your Application form has to be issued to start a court case. Your form is issued when the court clerk gives you a court file number and signs, dates, and applies the court seal to the upper left corner of your original form.

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