Glossary beginning with M

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Magistrate judge
A judge that only hears part of a case
Maintenance
Money the court orders one spouse to pay the other spouse, formerly called “alimony.
Marital property
Property acquired by either spouse during the marriage
Married filing jointly
A tax filing status for couples who have married before the end of the year
Material breach
A violation of contract that is severe enough to end the agreement
Mediation
When a disinterested person, called a mediator, works to help the parties in a case reach an agreement

Synonyms: arbitration adjudication

Mediator
A disinterested person who helps parties in a case reach an agreement outside court

Synonyms: arbitrator adjudicator

Minor
A person under 18 years old
Misdemeanor
A crime that can be punished by up to one year in jail
Mistrial
A trial that ends without any final decision because of an error or because the jury cannot agree on the verdict
Modify
To change or adjust
Mortgage
A loan given by a bank that is used to help someone buy a home
Mortgage company
A company that lends someone money to buy a house, but can take the house if the homeowner cannot repay the loan
Mortgage servicer
The company that collects monthly loan payments for a mortgage
Motion
A request to the judge to make the court or a party in the case do something
Municipal ordinance
A law or regulation of a city or local government