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Glossary of terms used on this site

Term Main definition
Habitual Residence

Jurisdiction in which someone voluntarily lives for his work or education and where he conducts his family life.

Hague Convention

One of several international agreements.

Hand Down

To deliver the written version of a judgment at a later date.

Handover

Point at which a child passes from the care of one parent to that of the other.

Harassment

The use of threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour to cause a person alarm or distress.

Harm

Ill-treatment or the impairment of health or development.

Synonyms - Hurt, Damage, Impair
Harvey Order

Order for the allocation of the former matrimonial home whereby one party remains in residence and pays rent to the other.

Heads of Agreement

Written summary of an agreement – usually financial – reached through successful mediation, which can be worked up into a court order.

Hearing

Court session conducted before a judge.

Hearsay

Statement which is not given in oral evidence, but which is nevertheless accepted as evidence.

Hold

For a court to make its final decision or ruling on an issue.

Home Rights

Right of a party to remain in a property during separation or divorce when it is owned by the other spouse or partner.