Glossary of Terms

  • A
    • Adjournment – Postponing a court hearing.
  • B
    • Barrister – A person who is qualified in law and specialises in representing people at court.
  • C
    • C100 – The code name for the application form you need to fill out if you want to apply to the court for a child arrangements order.
    • CAFCASS – Child and Family Court Advisory and Support Service. They advise the court on what is best for the child.
  • D
    • DRA – Dispute Resolution Appointment. The hearing subsequent to a First Hearing Dispute Resolution Appointment (FHDRA). The purpose of this hearing is to narrow the issues and try to reach an agreement. If the parties cannot agree, a final hearing is listed.
  • E
  • F
    • Fact-finding hearing – Where there is a factual dispute, the court sometimes will need a separate hearing to determine whether a fact is proven or not before making a final decision. This often happens where domestic abuse or child abuse is denied by a party.
    • FDA – First Directions Appointment. The first court hearing to do with financial remedy proceedings.
    • FDR – Financial Dispute Resolution Appointment. The second court hearing to do with financial remedy proceedings.
    • FHDRA – A First Hearing Dispute Resolution Appointment. The first court hearing to do with child arrangements.
    • Final hearing – If the parties are unable to reach an agreement for either child arrangements or a financial remedy, a final hearing will be listed. The parties sometimes give evidence and the judge will make a final decision.
    • Form E – A form setting out your finances for financial remedy proceedings.
  • G
    • Guardian – A person who represents the child in court proceedings.
  • H
  • I
  • J
    • Judgment – The decision of the court.
  • K
  • L
    • Lawyer – Another name for a solicitor or barrister.
  • M
    • Mediator – A person who is qualified to help support you and another person to reach an agreement outside of court.
    • Mentor – A person who can help to support you to identify a realistic goal and to understand the steps you may need to take to achieve that goal.
    • MIAM – Mediation and Information Assessment Meeting. The court will expect you to attend a MIAM before commencing court proceedings.
  • N
  • O
  • P
    • Pre-trial review (PTR) / pre-hearing review (PHR) – A short hearing before a final hearing to make sure everything is ready for the final hearing.
  • Q
  • R
  • S
    • Safeguarding letter – A short report by CAFCASS setting out safeguarding information. It will be sent to the court and the parties in advance of the First Hearing Dispute Resolution Appointment (FHDRA).
    • S.7 report – The court may need more information to make a decision about your child and may ask CAFCASS or the local authority to write a report.
    • Solicitor – A person who is qualified in law and gives legal advice and sometimes represents clients at court.
  • T
  • U
  • V
  • W
    • Welfare checklist – A list of points that the court must consider when making a decision about a child.
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  • Y
  • Z