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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.

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Habitual residence in divorce cases

The country where a person's "centre of interest" lies

Hadkinson order

An order preventing a party from taking part in proceedings until they have complied with other orders made by the court.

Hague Convention on Child Abduction

An international treaty between countries, under which nations co-operate in relation to issues of international child abduction.

Hague Convention on Service

International treaty which governs service of documents between countries.

Heads of Agreement

An agreement between parties which records the main aspects of the settlement but does not set out the full details of an order. Likely to be a Xydhias agreement.

Hemain injunction

An order preventing a party from pursuing a divorce in a foreign country.

High Court

The third highest level of court in England, and the highest to deal with first instance cases. Hears with the most valuable and complex family law cases.

High Court Judge

A judge who hears complex and valuable cases in the High Court. Prior to becoming judges, they are likely to have practised as specialist lawyers for around 25 years.


Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service, the government body responsible for running the courts.

Home rights

The right of a spouse to live in the matrimonial home, even if they do not own it.

Home rights notice

A notice sent to the land registry which records the existence of home rights. This secures a spouse in case their partner tries to exclude them from the home.

House of Lords

The judicial committee of the House of Lords was the highest court in England until the creation of the Supreme Court. It no longer exists.

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