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.