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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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An application to change terms contained within an order. Applications to vary financial orders dealing with maintenance when financial circumstances change e.g the party paying maintenance loses his/her job or is approaching retirement age.

Void marriage

A marriage treated as though it never existed in the first place because it was unlawful or invalid. Void marriages include marriages where one party was underage or one party had committed bigamy.

Voidable marriage

A marriage which can be contested as invalid by one of the parties on the basis it was defective. A marriage is voidable if it was not consummated, there was lack of proper consent, one party had a sexually transmitted infection at the time of the marriage or the wife was pregnant with another man’s child.

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