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ADR - Alternative Dispute Resolution; includes mediation and arbitration
 
Collaborative Law - a process where the parties agree to work towards settlement of the matter without litigation and file their original pleadings as such; the parties then proceed through the process of shared information (discovery); may use a mediator during the process; may use mutual accountants and other professionals; if the case cannot settle, the parties must hire new attorneys to represent them in litigation or represent themselves.
 
Discovery - a formal process where attorneys gather information from the opposing side; includes Request for Production, Written Interrogatories, Rule 194 Requests for Disclosure, depositions, inventory and appraisements
 
CPS - Child Protective Services
 
Conservatorship - term used for custody of a child
 
JMC - Joint Managing Conservator
 
Modification - Suit to change terms of a prior order
 
Paternity Suit - Suit to establish parentage of a child
 
SAPCR - Suit Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship
 
SPO - Standard Possession Order
 
Expanded SPO - Alternative possession times elected by a conservator in additon to the Standard Possession Order
 
Split Custody - When there is more than one child of a marriage and each conservator has a child(ren)
 
Spousal Maintenance - term used for alimony in Texas
 
TO - Temporary Orders
 
TRO - Temporary Restraining Order
 
Protective Order - an order in a Family Law matter that protects a party to the suit from the other party where family violence has occurred; includes protection of pets
 
Termination - Suit to terminate parental rights of a child
 
Temporary Spousal Support - temporary support to be paid by one spouse to the other during the pendency of a divorce 
 
Parent alienation - where one parent acts to disparage and keep the child(ren) from the other parent without justifiable cause
 
Guideline Child Support - refers to the amount of child support allowed to be ordered under the Texas Family Code