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Welcome to part 7 of our Bitesize Divorce Blog: Jargon Buster.

If you are facing divorce we hope our bitesize blog will help you get to grips with some of the legal jargon and in turn help you understand better the legal process you are going through.

Here we explain, in plain language, the kind of terms you may come across during the process of divorce.


A Decree Nisi is an Interim Court Order. The Decree Nisi is a certificate granted by the Court declaring the reason why the marriage broke down. In Northern Ireland, a Decree Nisi will become permanent (Decree Absolute) unless the other party can show sufficient reason for it not to be within six weeks.