Consent Orders in Divorce – What are they?

Depending on how well you understand divorce law and the legalities surrounding it, you may or may not know what a consent order is and what it’s used for.

consent order is a legally binding court order that states how a divorcing couple intend to divide their assets and finances such as property, pensions and savings upon the completion of their divorce.

A consent order is a voluntary agreement that not every divorcing couple will decide to enter into, although obtaining one is advisable as it is the only way to legally protect your assets and finances after a divorce.

Obtaining a consent order is the only way to legally sever all ties from your spouse and without one you are open to future claims in the future, hence the importance of entering into a consent order after divorce.

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What can be included in a financial order?

A typical financial order would include a clause to sell the matrimonial home and share the pensions, so both parties get a fair share of held assets.

Other assets held within a marriage can be included in any financial order, including;

  • Property (matrimonial home)
  • Money
  • Savings
  • Debts
  • Pensions (pension sharing)
  • Child & spousal maintenance

This list is by no means an exhausted list of what you can include in your financial order and should you have any questions about entering into a consent order, please call us on 01793 384 032.

Before Applying

A Financial settlement varies case to case. So it’s important to understand the below before signing.

  • Ensure you have full financial disclosure.

When you and your ex-spouse enter a financial agreement you are both legally obliged to give full and frank disclosure. This means that both parties must declare all assets and finances and to the correct amount.

If not, you will be unable to come to a fair agreement in terms of money, property and assets.

If you believe that there hasn’t been full disclosure on money, pensions & assets then we would advise you to seek legal advice.

  • The judge will not always grant you your order.

Just because you and your ex-spouse have agreed does not mean that the judge will grant it.

What you may belive is fair may not be what the judge deems as fair.

If the judge believes the order to be unfair on either party, they will ask you to provide evidence on how you came to the agreement and why you deem it to be fair.

  • A 50/50 split is not always right

Although a 50/50 split is a good place to start, it’s only once you have looked into the details of your marriage, such as earning potential, length of marriage and childcare that the true split will be understood.

Check out: What would my spouse be entitled to if we divorce? for more information

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Why financial orders are so important in divorce

As the name suggests, full consent to the financial settlement is required from both parties and without it, it’s impossible to obtain one.

Obtaining a clean break from your spouse after divorce is vitally important and therefore it’s worth trying to agree with your spouse the settlement before visiting a solicitor for advice.

There have been some high profile cases recently of lottery wins where the husband has had to pay their ex-partner several millions of pounds, even after being divorced for 10 years.

In both cases, there was no consent order obtained after the divorce, which allowed claims against the lottery win and the impressive business assets.

Obviously, lottery wins are few and far between, but this situation applies to every day life with things such as inheritance, lump sum payments and work promotions.

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If the contents of your consent order are very straightforward it could be processed in 3-5 weeks.

Reaching a fair financial settlement

The most important reason why you should always try to make for a clean break order after divorce is because without one you are still financially tied to your ex-partner, even after years of being divorced.

Obtaining a consent order gives you the comfort and piece of mind that you cannot be claimed against, were your financial circumstances to improve in the future.

We hear too often from couples, “we are amicable, they won’t claim against me”, then later down the line one party to the divorce finds a new partner and then the amicable relationship dwindles and claims against you become more likely.

We always encourage couples to amicably arrange their financial settlement early on in discussions and give each other piece of mind going forward that what is theirs, stay theirs in the future.

Trying to reach a fair and reasonable financial settlement is benefitial to both parties, not only could it save you thousands in legal fees, you can also both move on with your lives knowing that your finances are secure going forward.

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Financial orders don’t need to cost thousands

The costs of obtaining a consent order considerably changes depending on how you choose to obtain a consent order, e.g. via a high-street solicitor or using Quicke Divorce.

Using local high-street solicitors to draft your agreed financial order could cost you £1,000 plus VAT, and that’s if your financial settlement is fairly basic without many clauses.

If you have already agreed how you intend to divide your assets and finances between you, then we can draft you a consent order for just £199 including VAT, saving you over £1,000.

To make your consent order legally binding, a qualified solicitor must draft it, but you don’t need to spend thousands of pounds on doing so.

Like with all applications to the courts, there is a charge for doing so, which in the case of consent orders is currently £50. You pay this fee at the time of filing your financial order with the court.

If you are on a low income or receive certain benefits you may be exempt from paying these fees.

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How Much Does It Cost?

Our Financial Consent Order Service Costs Just £199 Fixed Fee.

Don’t spend £1,000 on having a high street solicitor obtain you a consent order, our qualified solicitors can help you for just £199 fixed fee, within 28 working days.

*Please Note: There are mandatory court fees of £50 payable directly to the court, but you may be exempt if you are on a low income or certain benefits. Please click call us for free consultation on 01793 384 032

Total Price

Court Fees*

£199

£50.00

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Yes, the main document in a divorce is the divorce petition, which we will draft for you.

You will not receive templates with parts of the forms to fill in; we complete every part of all the documents so they are ready for you to sign and post into your local county court to start proceedings.

The main support with this service is the detailed guidance pack that comes with example forms and solicitor written jargon-free notes.

You will also be able to contact our team of case managers anytime throughout your process and ask for assistance, whether it’s with your paperwork for the process.

The honest answer is nothing. You are entitled to file your own divorce without any help, but doing so can cause stress, extra pain and indeed extra costs if paperwork isn’t completed correctly.

You could be asked to pay fees up to £120 if errors are made on your divorce documents. We guarantee for £59 that your divorce papers will be completed correctly and sent to you within 24 hours.

The average length of time this service takes is 18-20 weeks, but this is only if all instructions are followed and efficiently handled.

As the divorce process you follow will be a paperwork process, it will depend on how quickly you respond to the court with the next documents and also how efficient the courts are in dealing with your case.

There are no hidden costs involved with any of our services. We clearly display the cost of our services including what you will be expected to pay by the court.

The court fees are your only additional cost and you may be exempt from paying these if you are on a low-income or receive certain benefits.

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