Glossary of divorce terms A-B

Here are a few words decoded to keep you up to speed with the divorce lawyers.  It's bad enough having to pay them, it's even worse if you have to keep asking what they are talking about.

Abandonment When a spouse leaves the marital home.

Absent parent This term was used in the Child Support Act 1991 to refer to the parent not living in the same household as the child. The term non-resident parent is now usually used.

Access Now referred to as ‘contact’.

Acknowledgement of Service The document that the respondent receives with the divorce petition. This must be signed and returned to confirm that the petition has been received.

Law Pack on Seperation and DivorceAdultery Sexual intercourse by a married person with a member of the opposite sex. One of the five reasons for divorce.

Affidavit A written statement to be used in court, the truth of which has been sworn or affirmed by the person making it.

Ancillary Relief The financial arrangements of a divorce made by a court.

Annulment Invalidity of a marriage particularly where a declaration has been made that some defect such as bigamy has been involved. Any children of such a marriage remain legitimate.

Answer The formal defence to a divorce petition. Strict time rules apply here.

Assets Any description of property or rights other than land or interest in land.

Attachment of earnings order A court order obtained by a creditor to make a debtor’s employer deduct and hand over to the creditor a proportion of the debtor’s earnings to pay off the debt.

Barrister Also known as counsel. A lawyer instructed by your divorce solicitor to give an opinion or to represent a solicitor’s client in court.

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