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Family law glossary - M

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Maintenance
A sum of money awarded by the Court to be paid by one spouse to another upon divorce. Also known as ‘periodical payments’.  
 
Maintenance pending suit
A temporary order for maintenance made within divorce proceedings until Decree Absolute is granted.
 
Matrimonial home
The house in which a husband and wife live together as a married couple.
 
Mediation
A process of resolving disputes between parties with the assistance of an independent third party (mediator). The aim is to assist the parties in finding a mutually acceptable resolution. If mediation is unsuccessful, Court proceedings can be initiated. 
 
Mortgage
A loan of money advanced to purchase a property. The mortgage is security for the loan that a lender makes to the borrower.

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