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Divorce Dictionary

Term Main definition

Final page of a court document giving document title, court details, case number, parties’ names, etc.


Officer of the court authorised to serve court documents on parties, execute arrest warrants and aid the tipstaff.

Barder Event

Change of circumstances which occurs immediately after the making of a financial order and which invalidates the basis upon which the order was made.



Lawyer who acts as a litigant’s advocate in court with greater rights of audience than a solicitor but is not an attorney and cannot conduct litigation.

Best Interests of the Child

Requirement that, “In all actions concerning children, whether undertaken by public or private social welfare institutions, courts of law, administrative authorities or legislative bodies, the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration”.

Bird’s-Nest Custody

Shared parenting arrangement employed in the US and Canada in which the child remains in one home while the parents alternate between their own homes and that of the child.

Brussels II Revised

International agreement made between countries of the European Union which brings together in a single regulation all provisions on parental responsibility and divorce.


File of relevant documents used by the Court for a particular hearing.

Burden of Proof

Imperative on a party to provide the evidence which proves their position.