FAMILY COURT - a court with jurisdiction over child support , divorce and comparable issues. In Pennsylvania, Family Courts are part of the Court of Common Pleas.
FATHER’S RIGHTS - legal principles and concepts promoting the idea that custody decisions must not discriminate against fathers.
FAULT-BASED DIVORCE- a type of divorce to be granted if one member of the marriage is guilty of some kind of marital misconduct.
FEE SIMPLE ESTATE - absolute ownership unencumbered by an other interest or estate; subject only to the limitations of eminent domain, escheat, police power, and taxation.
FILE - to personally deliver a document to a clerk of a court so that the document can be included in the official records of a case.
FINAL JUDGMENT - re-litigation of a matter as the result of a judge’s decision. It does not become final for purposes of appeal until the expiration of a certain amount of time.
FOREIGN ORDER - a court order issued by another county, state or nation outside of the jurisdiction in which the custodial parent lives.
FORENSICS - a general term sometimes used by a therapist hired to evaluate a family. The therapists will state in court which parent they feel should have custody of the child. This is know as a Custody Evaluation.
FOUNDATION- the evidence that must be presented before asking certain questions or offering documentary evidence on trial.