Glossary of Terms

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


Joint Minute

Is a court document that both sides’ solicitors will draw up and sign once a settlement or parts of an action are agreed. It tells the court what orders to grant. There can also be a “joint minute of agreement” signed by both parties to an action or in a separation situation which sets out detailed arrangements which are agreed such as where children live, contact arrangements, financial arrangements etc. This agreement is then usually registered to make it legally binding and enforceable as if it were a court order.