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Glossary of divorce & family law terms
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Our glossary will help you to understand some of the key terms and phrases which might crop up in your legal case.

This guide is no replacement for top legal advice but will allow you to know more about the process and what it entails.

For leading legal advice tailored to your case, contact Vardags today.

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Barder event

A new and unforseable event which can invalidate an existing court order made in financial proceedings.


A type of lawyer, generally instructed for their advocacy in court hearings or advice on specific points of law.

Beneficiary of a trust

The person who is able to receive income or capital from a trust.


A criminal offence where one person is married to two people at the same time. The effect of bigamy is that the second marriage is void and can be annulled.


Often used in family law, this term refers to the informal range that an award is likely to fall within.

Brussels II treaty

A European Union regulation setting out the rules on jurisdiction applicable to member states in the European Union.


Documents provided to the court for a hearing. Must comply with the bundles practice direction.

Bundles Practice Direction

Part of the FPR, setting out what papers should go before the court for hearings. This can be taken very seriously by the courts.

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