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Common family law acronyms explained

When going through a divorce or another family law issue, you will learn a lot of new acronyms and terms. Judges and lawyers frequently use abbreviations to save space in documents and time in conversations. For those unfamiliar with the legal jargon, it can be confusing. 

It should not be difficult for you to follow your own case. Here are explanations of a few acronyms commonly used in family law cases.

DOM - date of marriage

A DOM refers to the date the marriage began. This refers to the signing and registration of a marriage license. The DOM is a factor for determining property division, support payments and custody. 

DOS - date of separation

A DOS is a date the relationship ended, as evidenced by clear action, such as one spouse moving out of the home. This date is important for figuring out property and custody matters.

ICMC - initial case management conference 

An ICMC is a meeting with a judge that happens at the beginning of a family law case. This hearing involves all parties and is intended to help the judge understand the issues and decide how to move forward.

ENE - early neutral evaluation

An ENE is a method for resolving family law disputes. This type of program exists to help families resolve problems relating to custody, parenting time and finances. It is a voluntary and confidential process.

HRO - harassment restraining order

An HRO is a protective order that allows the petitioner to legally prohibit someone else from contacting or harassing him or her. This type of restraining order does not require any special or familial relationship. 

OFP - order for protection

An OFP is an order one can petition from the court due to fear of harm from a family member. 

As you can see, you do not need to be a legal professional to understand family law abbreviations. 

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