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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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Joint tenancy

A type of property ownership. Here, the couple will own the property equally and if one party dies, the other will automatically inherit the property.


Children living part time with both parents, after they have separated or divorced.

Judgment creditor

Person owed money under a court order.

Judgment debtor

Person who fails to pay money they have been required to pay by a court order.

Judicial separation

A process terminating legal obligations between spouses but not dissolving the marriage.

Judicial separation petition

The application to the court for a decree of judicial separation. Also known as: judicial separation papers

Jurisdiction in divorce cases

The court must have ‘jurisdiction’ in order to hear a case. Jurisdiction is a complex legal principle, but will largely depend on the parties links to a particular country.

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