Glossary of Terms

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


Non-Entitled Spouse

Is a married partner who lives in a “matrimonial home” (see above) but who does not have their name on the title deeds. The non-entitled spouse usually still has certain rights to do with occupying the property (“matrimonial home”).


Is a type of court order to stop someone harassing someone else. Usually there requires to have been a course of conduct or behaviour to justify it. For example, it might be needed if an ex-partner is harassing you after you have separated. If such an order is breached it can lead to arrest and imprisonment.