Rebuttal – The introduction of evidence at a trial that is in response to new material raised by the
defendant at an earlier stage of the trial.
Reconciliation – When parties decide to get back together. They may sign a reconciliation
agreement, which is enforceable by the court.
Respondent – The partner in a marriage against whom a dissolution petition is filed. IN other
states defendant has the same meaning as respondent.
Response – The written response to a complaint, petition or motion.
Restraining Order – A court order prohibiting a party from certain activities. Issued in response to
a motion. Restraining orders are often issued to protect against domestic violence or to protect
marital assets. In California, violating a “domestic restraining order” is a criminal offense.
Retainer – Money paid by the client to the lawyer or expert witness to obtain a commitment from
the lawyer or expert witness to handle the client’s case. A retainer can be a deposit against which
the lawyer or expert witness charges fees as they are earned.
Rollover – A rollover occurs when a participant leaves an employer and directs the defined
contribution plan to transfer the money in his account to a new plan or individual retirement
account. This preserves the benefits and does not trigger any tax consequences if done in a timely
Rules of Evidence – The rules that govern the method of presentation and admissibility of oral
and documentary evidence at court hearings or depositions.
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