One of the best things about my new job at CASA is that it has expanded my every day vocabulary. I get to use words and phrases that I seldom, or never, used before. Here are some of my favorites:
1. "Clear and convincing evidence" - I like to use this in my every day life now. I like to point out clear and convincing evidence whenever I see it. It's quite fun.
2. All forms of "allege" - we use this a lot before the judge finds "clear and convincing evidence" that someone did or didn't do something. The mom "allegedly" did X or Y to the child.
3. "putative" - we talk about putative fathers A LOT. I also learned that if a woman is married, but has a child with another man, the husband is the legal father of that child until he takes a DNA test to prove he is not the father. It doesn't matter if they have been separated for years.
4. "paramour" - This is perhaps my favorite. I'm pretty sure I never used this word before working in court. Now I like to use it all the time. I'm still unclear whether or not a man can have a paramour who is a woman of if only woman can have male paramours. I've only seen it used when talking about a man, but I'm pretty sure it's definition is actually gender neutral. Oh, on another note, I came across this word last night while reading World Without End. Now I'm on the lookout for it elsewhere.