Glossary

Glossary

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There are currently 14 names in this directory beginning with the letter A.
Access
a term no longer used under the Family Law Act. Instead, the law now refers to which party the children will spend time with. That is based on the position that children are not property which one party has custody of and allows the other party to have access to.

Address for Service
the address given by a party to proceedings, where documents can be served on them by hand, post, or other forms of electronic communication.

Adjourn
postpone or defer a court event to another day.

Admissible evidence
the court has rules about what kind of evidence it will accept. Evidence that a courtdecides to accept is called “admissible evidence”.

Affidavit
is a written statement filed with the court by a party or witness. It must be sworn or affirmedbefore an authorised person (such as a Lawyer or a Justice of the Peace). An affidavit should containstatements of fact rather than arguments.

Affirm
to solemnly promise to tell the truth in court or in an affidavit. An affirmation is made instead of areligious oath.

Agent
commonly used to refer to a person who acts on behalf of another person, with the agreement ofthe other person.

Airport watch list
see “Family law watch list”.

Allegation
a claim made by one party to a case about something that another party has done, or not done.An allegation needs to be proved in court.

Annexure
a document referred to in an affidavit that is attached to the affidavit.

Appeal
is a procedure that allows a party to challenge a decision made the court.

Appearance
when a party or their lawyer goes to court for a case.

Applicant
the person who makes an application to the court for Orders to be made.

Asset pool
see “Property pool”.