What Does Reserving Jurisdiction Over Termination of Marital Status Mean?

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This is a term used in divorce law when the judge wants to decide some of the divorce issues (like property division or child support) at that time, but save the legal divorce of the parties until a later date.

Reserving Jurisdiction

If a court wants to decide an issue at a later date, it can reserve jurisdiction over that issue. This gives the court the authority to return to that issue in the future.

Termination of the Marital Status

Termination of the marital status simply means the legal divorce of the parties. It does not refer to any of the other issues a court may decide during a divorce, such as property division, child support or alimony.

Legal Effect

When a court issues an order reserving jurisdiction over the termination of the marital status, the parties are still legally married because the court is postponing the divorce until a later time. The court may decide some of the other divorce-related issues then, but it is postponing the actual divorce until a later date.


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Andrea Woelfle has been writing since 2009. Her articles have been published on various websites, including eHow. She has a Bachelor of Arts in German and liberal arts from Colorado State University and a Juris Doctor from Florida Coastal School of Law.