Divorce Rules Make Life Easier for Laymen

Posted: 11th May 2011

The new ‘mediation first’ rule applicable to divorce and separation have been well publicised, but moves to make the process more jargon-free have not received much attention.

The following changes have been made which will, it is hoped, help the participants in family proceedings better understand the process.

Old legal term New legal term
Ancillary relief Financial order
Divorce decree Matrimonial orders
People without mental capacity Protected parties
Guardian ad litem Children’s guardian
Next friend Litigation friend