Divorce Dictionary B

BAILIFF

the court attendant in charge of maintaining order in the courtroom.

BANKRUPTCY

a legal proceeding in which a person who is financially insolvent requests the federal bankruptcy court to determine his or her debts and use his or her assets to pay those debts.

BENCH WARRANT

an order issued by a court for the arrest of a person who has failed to appear in court as ordered.

BEST INTEREST OF THE CHILD

a discretionary legal standard that pertains to support, visitation and custody.

BIGAMY

a criminal offense committed when one spouse enters a marriage when the previous marriage has not been terminated.

BILL OF PARTICULARS

Detailed information about the allegations made in a complaint or petition.

BRIEF

a document presented to the court outlining one side's position.

BURDEN OF PROOF

The degree of certainty of the evidence presented to prevail on one's case.