Glossary beginning with J

Joint Application for Divorce

When the spouses apply for a divorce together, as they agree in writing for a divorce and the terms of any corollary relief. Spouses who do this are called joint applicants, or co-applicants. A joint application is only for uncontested divorces.  Joint Applications for Divorce can only be filed based on one year’s separation, and documents cannot be filed until the one year separation period has elapsed.

Jurat

The designated space where the party and their witness sign a sworn or affirmed document

Jurisdiction

When a court has jurisdiction, this means that they have the right to deal with the particular application being filed. Jurisdiction also means the geographic area over which a court has legal authority.