Appropriation: The provision of funds, through an annual appropriations act or a permanent law, for federal agencies to make payments out of the Treasury for specified purposes. The formal federal spending process consists of two sequential steps: authorization
Budget authority: Authority provided by law to enter into obligations that will result in outlays of Federal funds. Budget authority may be classified by the period of availability (one-year, multiyear, no-year), by the timing of congressional action (current or permanent), or by the manner of determining the amount available (definite or indefinite).
Caretaking authority: means the right to live with and care for a child on a day-to-day basis. See Florida Statutes 1011.08
Child: means :
(a) An individual who has not attained 18 years of age and who has not had the disability of nonage removed under chapter 743; or
(b) An adult son or daughter by birth or adoption, or designated by general law, who is the subject of a court order concerning custodial responsibility. See Florida Statutes 1011.08
Civil forfeiture: The loss of ownership of property used to conduct illegal activity.
Close and substantial relationship: means a positive relationship of substantial duration and depth in which a significant emotional bond exists between a child and a nonparent. See Florida Statutes 1011.08
Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
Custodial responsibility: includes all powers and duties relating to caretaking authority and decisionmaking authority for a child. See Florida Statutes 1011.08
Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
Decisionmaking authority: means the power to make important decisions regarding a child, including decisions regarding the child's education, religious training, health care, extracurricular activities, and travel. See Florida Statutes 1011.08
Dependent: A person dependent for support upon another.
Deploying parent: means a servicemember who is deployed or has been notified of impending deployment and is:
Deployment: means the movement or mobilization of a servicemember for less than 18 months pursuant to uniformed service orders that:
(a) Are designated as unaccompanied;
(b) Do not authorize dependent travel; or
(c) Otherwise do not permit the movement of family members to the location to which the servicemember is deployed. See Florida Statutes 1011.08
Donor: The person who makes a gift.
Electronic communication: means contact, other than face-to-face contact, facilitated by tools such as telephones, electronic mail or e-mail, webcams, video-conferencing equipment and software or other wired or wireless technologies, or other means of communication to supplement face-to-face contact between a parent and that parent's minor child. See Florida Statutes 1006.16
Escrow: Money given to a third party to be held for payment until certain conditions are met.
Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
Ex officio: Literally, by virtue of one's office.
Family member: means a sibling, aunt, uncle, cousin, stepparent, or grandparent of a child or an individual recognized by the deploying parent and the other parent to be in a familial relationship with a child. See Florida Statutes 1011.08
Fiscal year: The fiscal year is the accounting period for the government. For the federal government, this begins on October 1 and ends on September 30. The fiscal year is designated by the calendar year in which it ends; for example, fiscal year 2006 begins on October 1, 2005 and ends on September 30, 2006.
Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
Notice of deployment: means official notification to a servicemember, through orders or other written or electronic communication, that the servicemember is subject to deployment on or about a specified date. See Florida Statutes 1011.08
person: includes individuals, children, firms, associations, joint adventures, partnerships, estates, trusts, business trusts, syndicates, fiduciaries, corporations, and all other groups or combinations. See Florida Statutes 88.6011
Power of attorney: A written instrument which authorizes one person to act as another's agent or attorney. The power of attorney may be for a definite, specific act, or it may be general in nature. The terms of the written power of attorney may specify when it will expire. If not, the power of attorney usually expires when the person granting it dies. Source: OCC
Record: means information that is created in a tangible medium or stored in an electronic or other medium and is retrievable in perceivable form. See Florida Statutes 1011.08
Return from deployment: means the conclusion of a servicemember's deployment as specified in uniformed service orders. See Florida Statutes 1011.08
Settlement: Parties to a lawsuit resolve their difference without having a trial. Settlements often involve the payment of compensation by one party in satisfaction of the other party's claims.
Sign: means , with the intent to authenticate or adopt a record, to:
(a) Execute or adopt a tangible symbol; or
(b) Attach to or logically associate with the record an electronic symbol, sound, or process. See Florida Statutes 1011.08
State: means a state of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, or any territory or insular possession subject to the jurisdiction of the United States. See Florida Statutes 1011.08
Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
Statute of limitations: A law that sets the time within which parties must take action to enforce their rights.
Support order: means a judgment, decree, or order, whether temporary or final, issued by a court of competent jurisdiction or administrative agency for the support and maintenance of a child which provides for monetary support, health care, arrearages, or past support. See Florida Statutes 1006.16
Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.
Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.
writing: includes handwriting, printing, typewriting, and all other methods and means of forming letters and characters upon paper, stone, wood, or other materials. See Florida Statutes 88.6011