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Jargon Buster

Here at Quickie Divorce, we appreciate that the process of divorce can seem quite daunting from the outset, which is why we have developed what we believe to be the simplest, quickest and best quality divorce solutions in the UK. We aim to provide as much support as possible, thus to help with the understanding of the terms that you may encounter during your divorce we have created a “Jargon Buster”! If you have encountered any “Jargon” you are unsure of, comment below and we will happily “bust”.

  A-Z of useful Divorce terms.   Adultery – The act of a married person entering voluntarily into a sexual relationship with another person that is not their spouse, despite the marriage still being in existence. Could be used for grounds for a divorce.   Clean Break – A financial agreement that means once divorced, the husband and wife will no longer be able to make any financial claims against each other. This is recommended by Quickie Divorce, as it protects finance one may gain in the future, such as inheritance .   Consent Order- An order made by court, that gives effect to the terms agreed between the husband and wife. This order is only made if the court agrees this provides reasonable provision for both parties, and any children involved.   Contested – When spouses cannot come to agreement regarding one or more of their divorce aspects. These aspects can include division of assets, custody of children etc. See “Uncontested” for the synonym.   Co-respondent- The person with whom the respondent has allegedly committed adultery with. Refers to someone that could be called upon to answer in some way.   Court Fees- The fees that are incurred when one starts the proceedings of a divorce. They currently stand at £340, plus £45 for obtaining your Decree Absolute. However, if you are on a low income, you may get financial assistance with your court fees, and to do this you need to complete a fee exemption form.   Decree Nisi- A degree that becomes issued on a first petition. It then becomes a Decree Absolute at a later date. It takes 6 weeks and 1 day, before you can apply for a Decree Absolute, so to give people a chance to object to the divorce.   Decree Absolute- This is the final decree in divorce proceedings which leaves the parties free to remarry. One can get a Decree Absolute by sending a “ Notice of Application for Decree Nisi to be made Absolute Form” to the court.   Desertion – When one partner is deserted by the other over two years ago. It differs from separation as one of the partners did not consent to this. To divorce on the grounds of desertion is not recommended, but if you choose to proceed on this ground you may require a managed divorce.   Marriage Certificate- The certificate to prove that a couple have undertaken a marriage ceremony. It is required to apply for a divorce so that people don't apply for a divorce of a marriage that can't be proven to exist.   Petition- The document which is used to apply for a divorce. It states that the marriage has broken down irretrievably, for one of five reasons. These are; Adultery, Separation for 2 years (with consent), Separation for 5 years, Unreasonable Behaviour and Desertion.   Petitioner – The person who applies for the divorce.   Pre-nuptial Agreement- An agreement made between the spouses before the marriage, regarding how assets shall be divided if the marriage were to fail. These agreements are common in marriages where either party has a high level of assets, or children.   Respondent- The spouse, that didn't apply for the divorce, upon whom the divorce proceedings are served.   Uncontested - When both spouses agree on their divorce related issues. Due to the amicable nature of this divorce, and the lack of constant negotiations, money can be saved on legal fees. It is uncontested divorces that Quickie Divorce works with.   Undertaking - The promise of one party to another to do something that the Court has no power to make them do, e.g. pay off a mortgage.   Unreasonable Behaviour- A grounds for divorce. When the respondent has behaved in such a way that the petitioner cannot reasonably be expected to have to live with the respondent. Behaviours can include abuse (verbal and physical), refusal to communicate, and refusing to sleep in the same room. You need at least five examples.    

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