Financial agreements relating to a Separation or Divorce – The Consent Order

What is a Consent Order?  

A Consent Order is the most important legal document required at the conclusion of a Divorce or Separation and shows the parties have reached an agreement as to financial matters.

They record the agreement between the parties as to the division of assets and the provision of any continuing financial support for each other and any children.

In the case of a clean break it is imperative that a Consent Order is drawn up and agreed.

Is the Consent Order legally binding?

Yes. Once the Consent Order is affixed with a Court Seal, the document is legally binding.

The Court will want to see that the parties have taken legal advice and made a full and frank disclosure of their financial circumstances.  By using this service you will be getting the advice you need.

What are my options for resolving my financial matters?

Parties to a divorce who are resolving financial matters have two options:

  1. The matter either proceeds to a contested hearing where a Judge makes the final decision; or
  2. The parties retain control by reaching an agreement themselves.

I would like to avoid going to Court. How do I reach agreement on my financial matters?

You can either reach agreement between yourselves alone; or if you need assistance, through negotiations via solicitors or through mediation; or through some other form of alternative dispute resolution.

Our friendly, experienced and highly qualified solicitors and mediators can offer you advice on any of these options.

Will my information be kept confidential?

All of your information will be kept confidentially, in our highly secure files. Only your appointed divorce solicitor and his/her immediate support colleagues will have access to your files. We are bound by the codes of the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority, which ensures that we up hold the highest standards of client confidentiality and client care.

Do I need to complete the form in one go?

Should you wish to complete the form in stages, over a period of time, all the information that you complete will be saved for you, so that you can return to the form at any point.

What do I need to do when you return my legal forms to me?

We will provide you with a step by step guide for what you need to do next.

Is there anything else I need to know before I purchase the form?

No, you are now ready to go, but don’t forget, if at any point whilst you are completing the form you need to ask a question, our qualified Separation and Divorce law solicitors will be on hand at the end of the telephone to advise.