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visa waiver program

The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables “citizens or nationals of participating countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa.” For citizens or nationals of VWP countries...

visitation

The right of a non-custodial parent who is a party to a divorce or separation to visit with their children. In such cases, some courts look to the best interests of the child. Parents have due process rights to determine visitation by non-parents. In...

visitation order

Court order allowing visitation privileges for a parent or other relative of a child.

visitation rights

Visitation rights are limitations or restrictions on child custody. When a couple divorces, they may either have shared custody, joint custody, split custody, or one parent can have sole custody. When sole custody is granted by the court to...

vitiate

The act of impairing or voiding the effect of something else. Thus, a statute that vitiates a contract has the effect of voiding at least one of the contract's provisions.

viz

Viz is the abbreviation of the Latin word “videlicet,” which means “namely.” Viz is a synonym for “namely” or “to wit” or “that is to say.” It is used to highlight or make more specific something that has previously been indicated only in...

viz.

A term sometimes used to mean any of the following: "namely," "that is to say," "as follows," or "to wit." After making a statement, a comma may be added, followed by viz., followed by more specific statements to illustrate the original point. A...

void

Having no legal effect from the start. Thus, a void contract is invalid from the start of its purported closing (having no legal effect, it does not change the legal relationship between the parties involved).

See Voidable (compare).

void for vagueness

1) In criminal law, a declaration that a law is invalid because it is not sufficiently clear. Laws are usually found void for vagueness if, after setting some requirement or punishment, the law does not specify what is required or what conduct is...

void marriage

A marriage that was for some reason never valid from the start and cannot be made valid. Common reasons for a court to find a marriage void ab initio are that the marriage is incestuous or polygamous.

Compare with voidable marriage.

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