Legal jargon for divorce
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- Separation Agreement: document setting out the terms agreed, usually before divorce proceedings are considered.
- Judicial Separation: a formal separation sanctioned by the court that enables the courts to make orders about money and property.
- Petition: the document by which a divorce or judicial separation is applied for.
- Answer: the formal defence to a divorce petition.
- Request for Directions: application to the court for a decree nisi.
- Petitioner: the person who applies for a divorce or judicial separation.
- Respondent: the other spouse upon whom the divorce or judicial separation proceedings are served.
- Co-Respondent: a person with whom the respondent is alleged to have committed adultery. The law no longer requires that person to be named as a Co -Respondent in the divorce proceedings.
- District Judge: a County Court judge who deals with most of the divorce proceedings and usually with financial matters.
- Decree Nisi: the provisional order indicating that the court is satisfied that the grounds for divorce have been established.
- Decree Absolute: the final order of the court, which brings the marriage to an end.
- Property Adjustment: Order: an order that a husband or wife should transfer property to the other.
- Clean Break: a financial arrangement where it is agreed or ordered that the husband and wife will make no further claims against each other for capital or maintenance.
- Consent Order: an order made by a court giving effect to the terms agreed between husband and wife.
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