Damages is money awarded by the court to make up for injury or loss that a party suffered.
Debt settlement companies are businesses that promise to help you get rid of your debts. They usually charge you a fee to negotiate with your creditors and make a repayment plan.
A debtor is someone who owes money. For example, a debtor can be someone who owes money on a mortgage, car loan, line of credit, phone bill, or credit card.
Debts are money that a person owes, for example, a mortgage, line of credit, or car loan.
Decision-making responsibility is the right to make important decisions about how to care for and raise a child. It includes the right to make decisions about the child's health, education, religion, and important extra-curricular activities. Decision-making responsibility used to be called custody.
The parents can agree to or the court can give:
- one parent all decision-making responsibility,
- 2 or more parents decision-making responsibility, or
- different parents separate responsibilities, for example, one parent makes decisions about the child's health and another parent makes decisions about the child's religion.
A deed is a legal document that proves you are the owner of a specific piece of land (real estate).
Being in default is when you don’t do something you legally agreed to do. For example, defaulting on a loan means that you didn’t pay back some or all of the money that you owed in the time you were supposed to pay it.
A default hearing is a court hearing where the person who pays support has to explain why they haven't been making support payments.
The defendant is the person or company being sued in court.