Jargon Buster Family Law Category - V-X

Valuation

The formal evidence produced by an expert (e.g. surveyor or auctioneer) to value a particular property, land or chattel. The valuation can cover anything from the parties home, their investments, their stamp collection, their car, their antiques – anything the Court feels is relevant. Normally the valuation is done on “joint instructions” where the valuer is instructed by both parties together. The valuer will need to receive a letter of instruction telling the valuer what property to value and asking relevant questions for the valuer to respond to.

Welfare Checklist

When considering what is in the best interests of a child, the court will give consideration to each of the following factors:
the ascertainable wishes of the child concerned (considered in the light of his/her age and understanding) and his/her physical emotional and educational needs
the likely effect on him/her of any change in circumstances
his/her age, sex, background and any characteristics of his/hers which the court considers relevant
any harm which he/she has suffered or is at risk of suffering
how capable each of his/her parents, and any other person in relation to whom the court considers the question to be relevant, is of meeting his/her needs
the range of powers available to the court under this Act in the proceedings in question