(BA, MBA, JD)
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Lieutenant Robinson, U.S. Navy Flight Instructor, 1992
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Latin and Other Terms in Virginia Divorce and Family Law
Ad Litem - For the suit or action, usually used in "Guardian ad Litem."
A Mensa Et Toro (or Thoro) - Literally "from table and bed." A form of divorce that is not final.
A Vinculo Matrimonii - Literally "from the bond of marriage." A form of divorce that is final.
De Novo - Anew. A trial de novo is a new trial.
e.g. - Abbreviation for Exempli Gratia. For example.
Et al. - Abbreviation for et alii, et aliae, and et alia. Literally "and other things."
Ex Parte - From one side only, literally "from a party."
Ore Tenus - By word of mouth. A type of divorce hearing.
Ibid. - Abbreviation for ibidem. In the same place.
i.e. - Abbreviation for Id Est. That is.
In Camera - In private, literally "in a chamber."
In Limine - On the threshold. A motion in limine is a very short or quick motion.
In Re - Regarding, or literally "in the matter of."
Nunc Pro Tunc - Now for then. Usually used to indicate something done retroactively.
Pendente Lite - While the suit is pending. Something done before the final hearing or final order. Temporary.
Per Se - Literally "by or in itself". Intrinsically.
Pro Bono - The full phrase is "Pro bono publico" or for the public good.
Pro Se - For himself. When you do not have a lawyer, you are pro se.
Subpoena - Literally "under penalty."
Versus - Against
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