9.7Susan M. Hais

You’ve just been personally served a legal document from the attorney representing your spouse notifying you that your marriage is over. This official document, delivered by a process-server or police officer, will mention many terms that are possibly unfamiliar to you which pertain to this lawsuit. Some legal terminology and their definitions listed below can assist you to understand the document you are reading.

Complaint: The first legal document filed by the plaintiff, starting a lawsuit against another that claims wrongdoing.

Defendant: The person that the complaint is against; also called the respondent.

Dissolution: The ending of the marriage contract between spouses.

Filing: To deliver a written complaint to the court clerk which is the first step in a lawsuit, who will then enter this claim in the court system.

Party: Participants in a court case named in legal documents are the plaintiff(s) and the defendant(s).

Plaintiff: The party who opens a lawsuit by filing a complaint with the court clerk against the defendant.

Retainer Agreement: A contract that specifies the terms of retention between client and attorney which includes the payment agreement for legal services.

Summons: A document notifying a participant, usually the defendant, of a lawsuit or legal action. The summons requires the notified party’s response within a predetermined timeframe.

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