A monetary payment to a party in a marriage or a term used to describe the Court process that deals with financial issues of a divorce.
To end an invalid marriage.
The lawyer who speaks in Court for a client, who may be a Barrister or Solicitor.
Sexual intercourse with an individual of the opposite sex other than your spouse.
Offence committed by a married person but still go through a marriage ceremony with somebody else. The offence committed when a married person then marries another person without legally ending their original marriage.
Child Arrangements Order – when the Court makes an order setting out where a child will live and when they will see each parent
Also referred to as ‘residence’ where a parent is seeks order for children to live with them. – remove in full
A Court that deals with civil cases such as family law matters.
A provisional Court Order ordering a marriage to be dissolved. The marriage is not dissolved until the Decree Absolute is granted.
The final Court Order which dissolves the marriage.
An application for the end of a marriage in legal terms.
The legal ending of a marriage.
Part of the High Court dealing with the breakdown of civil partnerships and marriages.
Financial Remedy Proceedings – the application made to the Court to resolve financial matters upon divorce
Order of the Court preventing someone from taking a specific step, e.g. preventing a person attending a particular place.
A financial amount of money paid to support a spouse or children when a marriage has ended, also known as ‘periodical payments’.
The place in which a couple have resided in together.
Where a marriage may be rendered void because parties are within prohibited degrees of relationship, e.g. either party under 16 or lawfully married or incapacitated etc.
Pre Nuptial Agreement
Agreement entered into by a couple prior to marriage intending to determine financial issues if they should divorce.The Court will take into account a pre-nuptial agreement, if properly entered into, in the event that the marriage subsequently breaks down.
Post Nuptial Agreement
Entered into between a couple after a marriage, as opposed to before hand.
The person putting a written application for relief or remedy through the Court against the other party.
The person an action is being taken against.
Husband or wife.
When the relationship between two people who have been living together, whether married or unmarried, ends and they no longer live together.
A formal investigation and determination of matters in issue before parties before a Court.
A promise to do something by one party to another, or to the Court, which can be enforced by law during legal proceedings.
Without Prejudice. A document that cannot be used as evidence that a contract or agreement exists if written on a document.