- this is the previous name for Financial Remedies and refers to the application for financial provision in divorce proceedings.
Child Arrangements Programme
- This is the new statutory regime governing matters concerning children and the people with whom they should live and spend time. The terms “contact” and “residence” have been removed and replaced with Child Arrangement Orders.
- this is the term used to describe couples that live together without marrying or entering into a Civil Partnership.
- this is an approach which aims to avoid unnecessary Court proceedings. It involves round the table meetings with both parties and their legal representatives in an effort to resolve matters amicably.
- this used to be known as "access". It describes the arrangements for the parent (or other person(s) e.g. grandparent) who does not live with the child to be part of the child's life. Contact can be direct - in the form of visits, or indirect - letters or telephone calls. This term has now been replaced by Child Arrangements Programme (see above)
- the person with whom a Respondent has committed Adultery.
- this is a Court Order which signifies the end of a marriage. Once this has been obtained, both parties are then free to remarry.
- this is a provisional Court Order which precedes the Decree Absolute. It signifies that the Court is satisfied that the ground for divorce has been established but it does not dissolve the marriage.
- this refers to the application for financial provision in divorce proceedings.
- where a couple hold a property as Joint Tenants, upon the death of one party, the rule of "survivorship" applies. This means that the surviving party automatically becomes owner of the entire property.
- a form of alternative dispute resolution whereby a mediator meets with parties to try to help them clarify and resolve their issues. Mediators do not aim to save a relationship, but instead aim to help parties agree arrangements for its breakdown.
- Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings – These are meetings with a local mediator during which parties to family disputes are provided with information as to whether there are methods, other than court applications, which may assist them in settling their dispute. It is now mandatory to attend a MIAM before making an application to the court, save for a few very limited exceptions.
- those with Parental Responsibility are able to make day-to-day decisions in relation to a child. Individuals other than the child's biological parents can obtain Parental Responsibility.
- the name given to the person applying for a divorce, dissolution or Judicial Separation.
- the technical term for what is commonly referred to as "custody". This term has now been replaced by the Child Arrangements Programme (see above).
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- the name given to the person upon whom the divorce, dissolution or Judicial Separation proceedings are served.
Tenants in Common
- where a couple hold a property as Tenants in Common, they each own a separate and distinct share in the property. This allows a party to bequeath their share to a third party in their will.