Decree Nisi - A provisional order showing that the court is satisfied that the grounds for divorce have been established.

Decree Absolute - This is the final court order bringing the marriage to an end.

Directions for trial - A time in the divorce proceedings when the judge considers the petition and the affidavit in support of the petition. The Judge can ask for further information to be provided before a decree nisi is pronounced. This is also the stage in children's applications when the District judge considers the Statement of Arrangements for Children and can ask for further evidence before making any order.

Disclosure – This is the process of providing full and frank financial details about a person’s capital, income, assets and liabilities . This is either done voluntarily, or the court can order it.

District Judge - A county court judge responsible for dealing with most aspects of divorce including the financial matters.

Domicile - The domicile of origin is normally where you are born unless a new domicile of choice is adopted by taking up permanent residence in another country.

Equity - Refers to the net value of a property after mortgages or other charges are paid off.