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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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Needs principle (in divorce finance cases)

The idea that both parties' needs should be catered for in a divorce settlement.

No fault divorce

This new law will allow couples to follow a more conciliatory and reflective approach, which in turn will reduce conflict and hopefully make the process more amicable for the parties involved, as well as any children.

No order principle

The idea in children cases that it is best to resolve a case without the court making an order, if possible.


A couple can seek an annulment if there is a physical or psychological reason for them not having sexual intercourse.


The failure, deliberate or otherwise, to provide information required by the court.


Any informal comittment between people which is not legally binding, and is not capable of being a void marriage. It cannot be subject to annulment or divorce.

Non-matrimonial property

Non-matrimonial property refers to assets that were built up other than during the marriage.

Non-molestation order

An order of the court preventing one party from harrassing or threatening the other. Breach of such an order is a criminal offence.

Non-resident parent

The parent who the child spends less than half their time with.

Notice of First Appointment

Order of the court setting out the date for the First Appointment hearing and necessary directions including deadlines for the completion and exchange of the Form E and the first appointment documents.

Nuptial settlement:

A type of trust or settlement of property designed to provide a continuing benefit for a husband and wife. This can be varied by the court on divorce.

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