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Family law glossary - S

Section 25 Factors        

Matters which a judge must consider on an application for financial relief.

Separation agreement   

An agreement entered into by a non-married couple which sets out the terms on which the parties intend to separate. The courts are not bound by such agreements but may consider them.


Delivery of documents by way of post, electronic communication or in person.

Skeleton argument

A written summary of the main points of a case to be heard by the court.

Specific issue order

A court order which determines a particular issue relating to a child e.g. which school the child should attend or whether they should receive medical treatment.


A witness’ written account of the details of a particular matter or event.

Statement of arrangements

A form which sets out the intended arrangements for children upon divorce. The form is filed at court with the divorce petition and is not binding upon either of the parties.


A suspension of court proceedings. No further action can be taken in a case until the ‘stay’ has been lifted.

Supervision order

A court order which provides that a child should be supervised by the local authority.

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