Glossary of Terms

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

R

Reconciliation

Is “encouraged” (by agents, properly acting), and should not be discarded at any stage

Record

A summary of both/all sides of the story made into a single document for the court

Relevant Date

Means “the date of separation” – sometimes this is obvious, sometimes not

Reporter

A person (usually a family lawyer or social worker) appointed by the court to investigate the circumstances around the child and to report on his/her care.

Residence

Is the new term for what used to be referred to as “custody”.

Resources

Is money/property that either party may have and which may have an effect on the division of the matrimonial property.