For a free 30-minute initial chat about a consent order with one of our family law solicitors, call Woolley & Co on 0800 321 3832 or complete our online form.
Most divorcing couples now agree on how their finances will be divided voluntarily with a divorce settlement. Applying for a consent order makes the terms of this agreement binding, avoiding the risk of your spouse changing their mind in future.
Without a consent order, there is the possibility that your ex could make a claim for a share of your assets, property, income or pensions in the future. A consent order records the terms of the financial agreement you have reached with your former spouse and severs the financial ties between you.
Before applying for a consent order, it is strongly recommended that you seek expert legal advice on the terms of your settlement. Once a consent order has been issued, you have no legal right to change the terms of the settlement and would need your ex’s agreement if you needed to vary the terms of your settlement.
Call Woolley & Co on 0800 321 3832 or complete our online form. Our family law solicitors can help with all matters related to consent orders, including:
- Making sure the terms of your financial settlement are fair before you apply for a consent order
- Drafting a consent order application
- Negotiating with your former spouse over any amends needed to the draft consent order
- Responding to any changes requested by the court
- Agreeing any variation from the consent order with your ex
- Taking action if your ex breaches the consent order or accuses you of doing so
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For a free 30-minute initial chat about a consent order for divorce with one of our family law solicitors, call Woolley & Co on 0800 321 3832 or complete our online form.
Key facts about consent orders on divorce
Four reasons you need a consent order
1. A consent order can help to avoid future disputes
Having a consent order makes it less likely that you and your ex will fall out over the terms of your financial settlement in future, helping to minimise the risk of any future court litigation (and, therefore, costs).
Agreeing and formalising the terms of your settlement with a consent order leaves less room for confusion or disagreement over what was intended, reducing the potential for future disputes.
2. A consent order allows you to enforce any settlement made if one party defaults
For example, if one party has agreed to pay an amount in respect of the other party’s interest in the property they were living in, and they do not pay, it is possible to apply to the court to enforce the agreement.
If there is no consent order, this could be disastrous, especially if the property is in a sole name. The party who owns the property in their sole name could legitimately sell the property and move away, defeating any claim, unless there is a Restriction on the property – a measure often overlooked unless professionally advised.
3. A consent order protects you and your estate against any future claims by your ex
Any agreement reached now will be based on the income and assets of the marriage at this point in time. A consent order protects you and your estate against the risk of your spouse attempting to claim a share of any increase in your income, windfalls such as inheritances and even your estate after your death.
4. A consent order gives you certainty and peace of mind
Making your divorce settlement binding with a consent order creates certainty as to the future and allows both parties to concentrate on more important issues, such as effective parenting.
Our family law solicitors nationwide are here for you
Getting a consent order provides security and peace of mind, giving you a clean break from your ex. Our team are here to guide you and make the process of getting a consent order as simple and stress-free as possible.
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