Terms Used In California Codes > Family Code > Division 1 > Part 2 - DEFINITIONS
- Annuity: A periodic (usually annual) payment of a fixed sum of money for either the life of the recipient or for a fixed number of years. A series of payments under a contract from an insurance company, a trust company, or an individual. Annuity payments are made at regular intervals over a period of more than one full year.
- County: includes city and county. See California Family Code 67
- Date of separation: means the date that a complete and final break in the marital relationship has occurred, as evidenced by both of the following:
California Family Code 70
- Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
- Income and expense declaration: means the form for an income and expense declaration in family law matters adopted by the Judicial Council. See California Family Code 95
- Liabilities: The aggregate of all debts and other legal obligations of a particular person or legal entity.
- Obligation: An order placed, contract awarded, service received, or similar transaction during a given period that will require payments during the same or a future period.
- order: include a decree, as appropriate under the circumstances. See California Family Code 100
- Partnership: A voluntary contract between two or more persons to pool some or all of their assets into a business, with the agreement that there will be a proportional sharing of profits and losses.
- Person: includes a natural person, firm, association, organization, partnership, business trust, corporation, limited liability company, or public entity. See California Family Code 105
- Personal property: All property that is not real property.
- Plaintiff: The person who files the complaint in a civil lawsuit.
- Proceeding: includes an action. See California Family Code 110
- Property: includes real and personal property and any interest therein. See California Family Code 113
- Quasi-community property: means all real or personal property, wherever situated, acquired before or after the operative date of this code in any of the following ways:
California Family Code 125
- Quorum: The number of legislators that must be present to do business.
- Spousal support: means support of the spouse of the obligor. See California Family Code 142
- Spouse: includes "registered domestic partner" as required by Section 297. See California Family Code 143
- State: means a state of the United States, the District of Columbia, or a commonwealth, territory, or insular possession subject to the jurisdiction of the United States. See California Family Code 145
- Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
- Support: refers to a support obligation owing on behalf of a child, spouse, or family, or an amount owing pursuant to Section 17402. See California Family Code 150
- Support order: means a judgment or order of support in favor of an obligee, whether temporary or final, or subject to modification, termination, or remission, regardless of the kind of action or proceeding in which it is entered. See California Family Code 155