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Glossary of terms used on this site

Term Main definition
Magistrate

Officer of the court who tries simpler cases.

Maintenance

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.

Mediation

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.

Merit

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.

Mirror Order

Order which must be obtained from a foreign jurisdiction before the English or Welsh Court will allow a parent to remove their child to that jurisdiction.

Misdirection

Error made by a judge either in relation to the law or to the facts of a case.

Motion Roll Hearing

In Scotland, an interim hearing.