Absolute divorce – dissolution of a marriage.

Adoption – the process by which an adult becomes the legal parent of a child who is not his or her offspring.

Agency adoption – an adoption through a public or private agency.

Alimony – a payment made by one spouse to another for support after a divorce or separation.

Annulment – legal dissolution of marriage that treats the marriage as if it never existed.

Child custody – laws that determine who will have custody of the children following a divorce or separation.

Child support – laws that determine who will pay child support following a divorce or separation.

Divorce – the process by which a marriage is legally dissolved.

Fixed visitation – a type of visitation in which fixed dates and times for visitation by the parent without custody are set by the court.

Identified adoption – an adoption in which the adoptive parent locates a mother who would like to give up her child and then turns the adoption process over to an agency.

Independent adoption – an adoption without the help of an agency.

International adoption – the adoption of a child from a foreign country.

Joint custody – a type of child custody in which both parents have legal custody, physical custody, or both.

Legal custody – a type of child custody in which one parent has the right to make decisions about the child’s upbringing.

Limited divorce – a type of divorce in which cohabitation is terminated.

Lump sum alimony – a type of alimony in which payments are made all at once.

Paternity – refers to the determination of who is the father of a child.

Permanent alimony – a type of alimony in which regular payments are made from one spouse to another after a divorce.

Physical custody – a type of child custody in which one parent has the right to have the child live with them.

Reasonable visitation – a type of visitation in which divorced parents of a child work out times and places for the parent without custody to visit with the child.

Relative adoption – adoption of a child by a person related to the child by blood or marriage.

Separation – see "limited divorce".

Sole custody – a type of child custody in which one parent has both legal and physical custody.

Supervised visitation – a type of visitation in which visitation times between parent and child must be supervised.

Temporary alimony – a type of alimony that is awarded pending a divorce or separation.

SOURCE: FamilyLawFYI.com