Divorce Dictionary M

MAINTENANCE

Spousal support or alimony.

MARITAL PROPERTY

property that is acquired by the spouses during the marriage, regardless of whose name it is in.

MARITAL SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT

a written agreement entered into by the spouses getting divorced stating their rights and agreements pertaining to property, support and custody.

MEDIATION

a non-adversarial divorce procedure where the spouses are assisted in reaching a settlement by a neutral third party that is trained in the divorce process.

MEDIATOR

a neutral person who presides over the mediation process.

MODIFICATION

an order changing the terms of another order.

MOTION

a written or oral request to the court for some type of action.

MOTION TO MODIFY

a written request of the court to change a previous order regarding child custody, support, alimony or other divorce - related decisions.