Glossary

You probably know the difference between an Affidavit and an Aardvark but do you know what the difference is between a Decree Nisi and a Decree Absolute?

We try to avoid jargon, but in case you need some additional information, we hope the following glossary will be of use.

Access - This is the old term for Contact. See Contact.

Acknowledgement of Service form – This is a form sent by the court to the Respondent (and Co-respondent if any) together with the divorce petition. The form asks questions in respect of the divorce petition and must be returned to the court to establish service of the petition.

Adultery - Sexual intercourse that takes place while you are married, at any time before a Decree Absolute, with someone of the opposite sex who is not your husband or wife.

Affidavit -A formal statement, sworn on oath to be true by the person making it.

Ancillary relief - A general term for the possible financial orders that a court can make in addition to a petition for divorce or Judicial Separation.

Answer - The formal defence to a divorce petition.


Useful Links...

Child Line
A free 24 hour helpline for children and young people in danger or distress 0800 1111

Child Support Agency (CSA)
The Child Support Agency (CSA) calculates and collects child maintenance. This website contains a maintenance calculator and information leaflets.

Collaborative Family Lawyers
This website contains information on Collaborative Practice and the names of Collaborative Family Lawyers based in the South and South West of England.

Her Majesty's Court Service (HMCS)
The HMCS is responsible for managing the magistrates' courts, the Crown Court, county courts, the High Court and Court of Appeal in England and Wales. The website contains a wide range of information on court proceedings.

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
The UK's leading charity specializing in child protection and the prevention of cruelty to children.

Parentline
Offers support to anyone parenting a child including the parents, stepparents, grandparents and foster parents.

Relate
Offers advice, relationship counselling, sex therapy, workshops, mediation, consultations and support face-to-face, by phone and through their website.

Resolution (formerly - The Solicitors Family Law Association)
Resolution’s 5000 members are family lawyers committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes. The website provides information on family law. Guides are available for free download in PDF format.

Women’s Aid
The national domestic violence charity offering support for women who suffer domestic violence.

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