Glossary of divorce & family law terms

The Vardags Family Law Glossary, compiled by our top divorce and family lawyers, will help you to understand some of the key terms and phrases which might crop up in your divorce.

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

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  • Land Registry Government body which keeps records of who owns land in the UK.
  • Leave to remove Permission from the court to take a child out of the country. This will be needed to take a child out of the country if the other parent does not consent.
  • Legal aid for divorce cases Where the state pays for legal representation. Generally not available for family law, unless there are allegations of domestic violence.
  • Legal privilege Principle that communication between one party and their lawyers cannot be seen by anyone else.
  • Legal services order (LSPO, LSO) Order requiring one party to pay the legal fees of the other.
  • Litigant in person (LIP) A person who does not have legal representation and instead represents themselves throughout proceedings. A LIP may be assisted by a McKenzie friend.
  • Litigation lending for divorce A loan to cover the costs of the divorce proceedings, financial remedy proceedings and children matters.
  • Lord Justice of Appeal A judge who sits in the Court of Appeal. They will have extensive expereince as a lawyer and as a judge.
  • Lump sum provision The payment of a single sum of money from one party to another.

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