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– Washington DC Family Law Dictionary


GAL – same as Guardian Ad Litem and now referred to as a Best Interest Attorney in Maryland.

GARNISHEE – an insurance company, bank, employer or others upon whom a judgment creditor has placed a Writ of Garnishment because that person or entity holds assets due the original debtor.

GARNISHMENT – a support enforcement technique in which the support payment is automatically deducted from the supporters paycheck and delivered to the spouse. This is an enforcement method of paying support. (Garnishment of Wages).

GENDER BIAS – improper bias for or against a party in an action because of his or her gender.

GENERAL APPEARANCE – a pleading wherein a person submits to the jurisdiction of the court without a defense and without answering the allegations against him.

GET – a Jewish bill of divorcement, granted to the woman from her husband.

GOOD CAUSE – a standard by which a recipient of welfare is excused from cooperating with the CSE agency because by doing so the recipient and the children could be in danger. A good cause finding usually results from ample documentation of violence and abuse by the non-custodial parent.

GOOD FAITH – absence of intent to commit fraud.

GOODWILL – the value of a business that is beyond the market value of any tangible assets. It includes reputation, prestige, and company name.

GRAVE RISK OF HARM – a legal defense against litigation demanding the return of a minor child to his or her habitual residence.

GROSS INCOME – wages, income, earning and interest from all sources before deductions for taxes, alimony, cost of income production and other expenses.

GROUNDS – a legal basis for a divorce.

GUARDIAN AD LITEM – now called a Best Interest Attorney in Maryland is an attorney, appointed by the court, who represents the best interest of a minor child in a divorce. He or she is appointed by the court and will advance their own position at trial.