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A quick A to Z of divorce in the UK

On a wet and windy Wednesday, the team in the office decided it would be a good challenge to come up with a dictionary of divorce, essentially an A-Z of common divorce terms. Although we started it as a bit of a joke we realised that although some of the terms are ones we’re very familiar with and come up almost every day in our work, they may not be commonly understood by others.

Part of the challenge we face in family law is demystifying the process for people. So we thought we’d share. Let us know what you think. We may have just invented the divorcionary

A is for adultery, one of five grounds you can use to apply for a divorce (more)

B is for battleground, which some divorce cases can become

C is for common law marriage, which doesn’t exist in UK lawn

D is for desertion, another of the five grounds for divorce but one that’s rarely used (more)

E is for expats, who can often use the English courts to divorce (more)

F is for fathers, who often feel they get a bad deal from the family court system (more)

G is for grounds, in actual fact the legal term is facts, but most people talk about having grounds for divorce (more)

H is for high court, very few family law cases reach this far, although they are the ones you tend to hear about in the news

I is for injunction, you can apply for under various circumstances in family law cases

J is for jurisdiction, put simply the country under which law you are able to apply for a divorce (more)

K is for kids, the children can often be the real victims of any relationship breakdown (more)

L is for leave to remove, an application one parent can make to take their child to live outside the country (more)

M is for money, one of the most hotly disputed issues in many divorces (more)

N is for nullity, or more commonly known as the annulment of a marriage (more)

O is for order, any agreement made around finances for example will be written into an order which is then approved by the court

P is for petition, the formal name for the paperwork that gets completed and files to apply for a divorce

Q is for Queen’s Counsel (QC), senior barristers sometimes known as silks

R is for Resolution, the membership body for family lawyers committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes

S is for same sex marriage, which can be ended by the dissolution of the civil partnership (more)

T is for trust, it may have broken down in your relationship but it’s essential that you have it with your legal team

U is for undefended divorce, where both parties agree to the divorce taking place (more)

V is for variation, either party might apply to vary a financial order

W is for Woolley & Co, it’s our job to get you through the A – Z of divorce with the least fuss, cost and upset (more)

And X, Y Z? If we’re honest we just couldn’t think of anything useful to explain with these initials – but we are open to suggestions via Twitter, Facebook, G+ and Linked In! Or you can comment below.

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