Divorce Dictionary R

RECIPROCITY

the process of cooperation between states and countries to establish and enforce child support orders. Laws and court orders of each jurisdiction are recognized and enforced.

RECORD

all of the testimony and evidence that is used in court to decide a case. What is on record is what the Judge will use to make his or her decision.

REHABILITATIVE ALIMONY

alimony intended to help the ex-spouse become financial self sufficient.

REQUEST FOR PRODUCTION

part of the Discovery process. One attorney asks that the other side produce financial documents he or she feels are necessary to the case.

RESIDENCE

the place where a spouse lives.

RESPONDENT

the defendant in a divorce.

RESPONSE

the formal document filed by the defendant (respondent) to answer the complaint or summons.

RESTRAINING ORDER

a court order restricting a persons actions. They are sometimes issued by one spouse to try to deter the other spouse from committing violent acts.

RETAINER

a fee paid to an attorney to secure that attorney's work on a case.

RETAINER AGREEMENT

a written contract between lawyer and client delineating their responsibilities to each other.