Indispensable Party

views updated

INDISPENSABLE PARTY

An individual who has an interest in the substantive issue of a legal action of such a nature that a final decree cannot be handed down without that interest being affected or without leaving the controversy in a condition whereby its final determination would be totallyunconscionable.

For example, a husband and wife seeking to dissolve a marriage are indispensable parties to their own divorce action.

About this article

Indispensable Party

Updated About encyclopedia.com content Print Article Share Article