Below are a list of legal terms relating to divorce explained:
Divorce suit – the process which leads to the ending of the marriage.
Civil Partnership – a registered partnership between partners of the same sex equivalent to marriage.
Petition – a document that starts the divorce proceedings.
Petitioner – the person who starts the proceedings.
Respondent – the Petitioner’s husband or wife.
Application for Dissolution – a document that starts proceedings to dissolve a civil partnership.
Irretrievable breakdown of the marriage – the sole ground for divorce. This is proved by citing one of 5 facts: Respondent’s adultery, Respondent’s unreasonable behaviour, 2 years separation with Respondent’s consent, 5 years separation or desertion.
Acknowledgement of Service – a form completed by the Respondent confirming receipt of the petition and declaring an intention or not to defend the divorce.
Statement in Support – a form completed by the Petitioner confirming the contents of the petition is true and asking the court to grant a divorce.
Decree Nisi – a stage of the divorce proceedings when the judge has declared that s/he is satisfied that the marriage has broken down irretrievably.
Conditional order – a stage of the dissolution of a civil partnership when the judge has declared that s/he is satisfied that the partnership has broken down irretrievably.
Decree Absolute – the final document in the divorce process which ends the marriage and is your proof that the marriage has ended.
Final Order – the final document in the dissolution of a civil partnership when ends the partnership and is proof that your partnership has ended.
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