Jargon Buster Family Law Category - D-F

Disclosure

All parties in financial remedy proceedings whether divorce or civil partnership proceedings, are required to provide “full and frank” disclosure of all relevant information in respect of their means and finances. The Court will not look favourably on a party who is not open and up front about their financial circumstances. Disclosure can include bank statements, bills, valuations, pension certificates, shares, accounts, and anything else relevant to a person’s financial affairs.

Final Hearing

The hearing after the FDR where the Court will hear all the evidence (both in terms of written evidence and witnesses) and make a decision as to the financial remedy order it will make. 

Financial Remedy

The financial order made by the Court following a divorce or the ending of a civil partnership

Financial Remedy Order

The Court order which will set out in detail all the promises, orders and arrangements a party will be subject to at the end of any financial remedy application. This document can include trusts, maintenance, transfers of property and pensions or such other orders as the Court made choose to make. 

First Appointment

This is an initial Court hearing where the Court will decide what the next steps will be in terms of disclosure of information and evidence gathering before an FDR.

Form A

The application to the court asking for financial remedy order to be made

Form E

The document which sets out for the Court and the other party what someone’s financial position is. It will include detail of income, pensions, property they own or are entitled to and their needs and likely future expenditure. They are accompanied by the disclosure of all relevant documents to support what is said in the Form E itself.