JOINT LEGAL CUSTODY- a form of custody of minor children in which the parents share the responsibilities and major decision- making related to the child. (see child custody section)
JOINT PHYSICAL CUSTODY- a form of custody of minor children in which the parents share the actual physical custody of the child. (see child custody section)
JOINT PROPERTY- property that is held in the name of more than one person.
JOINT TENANCY- a form of joint ownership in which each joint owner has an equal share.
JUDGMENT- the ruling or order of the court.
JUDGMENT OF DIVORCE - a formal written document that states that a man and a woman are divorced. This is prepared by an attorney and presented to the court for the Judge to sign. In some states and provinces, this is recognized a the Divorce Decree or Decree of Dissolution.
JURISDICTION- the power of the court to rule on issues related to the parties, their children and their property.