Glossary of Terms

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


Undefended Action

Where an action is raised by a party and the opponent does not submit defences within the required timescale the action becomes “undefended”. The applicant still requires to prove their case to the court either by oral or documentary evidence.

Unreasonable Behaviour

Consists of actings or non-actings, usually “voluntary” actings which make up the basis for deciding whether a person has grounds for a divorce.