Legal Lingo: Common Terms in Family Law
ATRO: AUTOMATIC TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER ATROs
There are mutual restraining orders that remain effective until the court decides otherwise. People usually use them to prevent another parent from taking a child to another state, or changing property and health insurance information without the permission of the opposing party.
CPS: CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES
DOD: DECLARATION OF DISCLOSURE
DVTRO: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER
FCS: FAMILY COURT SERVICES
IED: INCOME AND EXPENSE DECLARATION
MSC: MANDATORY SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE
The Latin root is “in propria persona,” which literally means “in one’s own proper person.” This is the term associated with people who represented themselves during court proceedings.