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Term Main definition
Litigant-in-Person (LiP)

Party to a case who attends court without representation by a lawyer.

Litigation Friend

Someone who assists a party who lacks capacity.

Locus Standi (Latin: “standing”)

Ability of an applicant to show the Court he has sufficient interest in a case to participate.

Lump Sum Order

Spousal maintenance order which orders the payment of a sum at once or in instalments in lieu of periodical monthly payments.


Officer of the court who tries simpler cases.


Money paid by a spouse for the financial support of the other or by a parent for the support of a child.

Maintenance Order

Order that one party should pay monies for the maintenance of another.

Maintenance Pending Suit

Court-ordered amount of interim spousal maintenance paid until the conclusion of financial proceedings.

Mareva Injunction

Court order which freezes a party’s assets and prevents their removal from the jurisdiction.

Martin Order

Rare order used to postpone the sale of the marital home.

McKenzie Friend

Lay advisor permitted to provide reasonable assistance to a litigant-in-person.


Alternative dispute resolution attempted in an effort to prevent the case reaching court.

Synonyms - Arbitration, Reconciliation
Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM):

Compulsory meeting an applicant must attend to determine whether mediation is appropriate in his particular case.


Inherent quality of a case which justifies bringing it to court.

Mesher Order

Order preventing the sale of the matrimonial home and allowing a parent to remain in residence until a triggering event.

Want to know more about Family Law terminology?

A big thank you to Nick and Ruth Langford for their contribution to the Wikivorce glossary. For a more in-depth definition of the various legal terms listed above take a look at their book : The Family Law A to Z available to buy on Amazon.