maintenance


maintenance
main·te·nance n
1 a: the act of providing basic and necessary support
b: the state of having such support
2: a financial means of providing necessary assistance: as
3: the necessities of life provided for by payment of maintenance
4: the upkeep of property or equipment
5: unsought and unnecessary meddling in a lawsuit by assisting either party with means to carry it on compare champerty

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

maintenance
I (support of spouse) noun aid alimony, allowance, assistance, financial backing, financing, legal assistance, legal support, means of subsistence, monetary help, necessaries, necessities of life, preservation, provisions, subsidy, subsistence, sustenance, upkeep, victus associated concepts: separate maintenance, support and maintenance II (upkeep) noun care, carrying charge, conservatio, conservation, cost, disbursement, drain on resources, expenditure, expense, outlay, overhead, repair, running expenses, salus, service associated concepts: ordinary maintenance and repair, reasonable maintenance III index aid (help), aid (subsistence), alimony, conservation, continuation (prolongation), ecology, livelihood, longevity, preservation, promotion (encouragement), provision (something provided), security (safety), support (assistance), survival, sustenance

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


maintenance
n.
(1) The upkeep of property.
(2) Providing financial support for another person.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


maintenance
money payable under an order of court by one spouse to another or, on divorce, by one ex-spouse to another or by a parent to a child for that person's living expenses. For Scotland, See aliment.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


maintenance
Maintenance is the improper support of litigation in which the supporter has no legitimate concern, without just cause or excuse.

Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.


maintenance
n.
1 Financial support paid by one ex-spouse to another pursuant to a legal separation or divorce.
2 The effort and expense of the upkeep of property.
3 To assist a party to a lawsuit with which one has no connection by providing financial or other support to enable the party to pursue the matter.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


maintenance
Unauthorized intervention by a nonparty in a lawsuit, in the form of financial or other support and assistance to prosecute or defend the litigation. The preservation of an asset or of a condition of property by upkeep and necessary repairs.
A periodic monetary sum paid by one spouse for the benefit of the other upon separation or the dissolution of marriage; also called alimony or spousal support.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


maintenance
Unauthorized intervention by a nonparty in a lawsuit, in the form of financial or other support and assistance to prosecute or defend the litigation. The preservation of an asset or of a condition of property by upkeep and necessary repairs.
 
A periodic monetary sum paid by one spouse for the benefit of the other upon separation or the dissolution of marriage; also called alimony or spousal support.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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