Family and Divorce Law Jargon Buster: Part 21 – Liberty to Apply

February 9, 2015, By Slater Heelis

This is the next instalment in our bitesize blog series in which we hope to demystify some of the legal terms which are frequently used by family solicitors when giving legal advice and in the family courts environment.

Liberty to Apply: These words are often included at the end of a Court Order, particularly in relation to matrimonial finances. The words envisage that either one of the parties to the proceedings may need to come back to court to resolve disputes about interpretation of the order, particularly in light of new circumstances that had not been anticipated at the time that the Order was made. Be warned though, a Liberty to Apply clause at the end of the Order is not an open invitation to have it changed by the court.

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