Declaration of trust
A formal document creating a trust.
The second order in relation to divorce proceedings, officially ending the marriage.
The first order in relation to divorce proceedings, saying that there is no reason not to grant a divorce. The marriage does not end at this point.
Decree of Judicial Separation
An order of the court terminating spousal obligations between the parties. The parties remain legally married.
Person who fails to pay money they have been required to pay by a court order.
When the respondent disagrees with the petitioner’s divorce petition.
The abandonment of one spouse; a ground for divorce in certain circumstances.
Direct access barrister
A barrister able to take instructions directly from a client as opposed to through solicitors. Also known as: direct access silk, direct access attorney
An order made by a judge setting out what the parties should do to progress the case smoothly.
The provision of information. In financial remedy proceedings, parties are required to disclose evidence of their financial circumstances.
A trust where the beneficiaries and their entitlements are not fixed, but determined by the trust document and the trustees' discretion.
Dispute Resolution Appointment - DRA
Dispute Resolution Appointment – a type of hearing in children proceedings, in which the parties to negotiate an agreement.
The same as a divorce, but for civil partnerships.
The lowest level of full-time judge. Most non-complex financial and children cases are heard by this level of judge.
To legally end a marriage thus terminating all spousal obligations to each other.
A specialist barrister who will represent their client in court, speaking on the client’s behalf and acting on instructions in relation to divorce and family law.
Essentially a barrister’s office. Barristers are self-employed but work in chambers. Also known as: family chambers
The specialist lawyer with the day to day running of the case. Also known as: divorce solicitor
The application to the court to initiate divorce proceedings. Also known as: divorce papers
The applications to the court to dissolve the marriage and terminate all legal obligations to the spouse.
A common phrase to refer to the conclusion of divorce proceedings and the financial proceedings.
Parties to the divorce agree matters between them and initiate divorce proceedings without instructing solicitors to act on their behalf.
Domestic Violence Intervention Programme
A programme designed for perpetrators of domestic violence, to help them cope with anger.
Domicile (in divorce proceedings)
A complex legal term. A person can only have one domicile. A person’s domicile can be their ‘domicile of origin’ which they are born with or ‘domicile of choice’, the place they elect to reside. It is common for the domicile of choice to replace domicile of origin when a person moves to another country with the intention to settle there permamently. Domicile is an important factor in determining jurisdiction.
Domicile of choice
A new domicile acquired by severing all links with one's domcile of origin.
Domicile of origin
The default domicile. This will most likely be the country in which your father was domiciled at the time of your birth.
An actuarial calculation used to determine the lump sum necessary to provide a party with the income they need for life.