Glossary of Terms

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The following is a useful glossary of family law related terms used in Scotland:


Habitual Residence

Has to do with which court family proceedings can be raised in – sometimes there will be more than one possible choice of court. A person’s “habitual residence” is the place where someone normally resides. Sometimes in certain actions the Court decides if it has jurisdiction based on the place where the parties last habitually resided together.

Heritable Security

Means what we would more commonly describe as “a mortgage” over a property.