Legal Meaning Prevails Over Common Usage
State ex rel Juv. Dept. v. C.M.C., 243 OrApp 335 (2011)
Holding: For purposes of statutory construction, the word cohabit does not simply mean living in the same residence, but means two unmarried persons living together as spouses.
1) When construing a statute, Courts give words of common usage their plain, natural, and, ordinary meaning, but, when words have a well-defined legal meaning, such meaning controls. at p. 339.
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