Financial Consent Orders

A Consent Order is an order made within divorce proceedings between individuals who are able to agree a financial settlement. Once a Consent Order is approved by a Judge it forms a legally binding document. To get advice on the terms and drafting of an order, contact our experienced family lawyers.

Before a Consent Order can be made, a Court is required to approve the agreement reached between the parties and in doing so, a Judge must be satisfied that it is reasonable and fair to both parties and protects the interest of any relevant children.

To assist the Judge in deciding whether an agreement is fair and reasonable, it is essential that all relevant information is provided to the Court with regard to both parties’ financial circumstances. A Statement of Information contains this and must be filed along with the Consent Order.

If the terms of the agreement are approved by the Judge, the Consent Order is made and sealed copies of the Order sent to both parties for their safekeeping. It will then be necessary to implement the terms of the Order. If either party does not comply with the terms of the Order, then further assistance can be sought from the Court for enforcement.

Consent Orders - Mediation

If the parties cannot agree a financial settlement then Mediation is one option available before applying for a Consent Order. This involves discussing the issues with a Mediator who is independent and impartial.

Such an option obviously benefits from not taking place in the adversarial Court setting and allows people more flexibility to reach agreements that work for both parties.

Obviously, however, given the circumstances and emotional consequences of a divorce it is unreasonable that mediation might not work or might not be suitable.

Consent Orders – Application For Financial Order

If negotiations do not succeed then it will be necessary to make an application to the Court for a financial order. Our experienced family lawyers will be able to assist on what is reasonable in your particular circumstances and, if necessary, draft the paperwork and make an application to the Court on your behalf. It will be necessary for you to attend Court, possibly more than once.

Our Fixed Fee Divorce And Financial Consent Orders

DIVORCE

  • Our Fees: £650
  • VAT: £130
  • Standard Court Fee: £410
  • Total: £1190

CONSENT ORDERS

  • Our Fees: £400
  • VAT: £80
  • Standard Court Fee: £45
  • Total: £525

Send an enquiry for a fixed fee divorce and consent order now.

We would recommend paying this fixed fee if you would like the following:

  • All the paperwork prepared and filed with the court on your behalf
  • Advice and guidance from an experienced Family Law solicitor
  • Direct access to our legal team via e-mail and telephone
  • Regular progress reports at all key stages of the procedure
  • By paying a fixed fee you can be satisfied that there are no unexpected costs.

Our fixed fee includes standard court fees currently an issue fee of £340, a decree absolute charge of £45 and a fee on filing the consent order at £45.

Occasionally, unexpected complications will arise necessitating additional work. With regard to the divorce this could be having to arrange for service of the papers by a court bailiff or making an application for deemed service. Rarely a Judge will raise queries before making a Financial order, which may require attendance at a short hearing. If these circumstances arise we will discuss the cost of the additional work and any extra court fees that you will incur before we undertake the work.

If you need advice before submitting an enquiry for a fixed fee Divorce and Financial Consent Order then book a free telephone appointment with one of our solicitors.

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Hello, I am Sarah Chan and I am the Head of Seatons Solicitors Family Law Department in Corby, Northamptonshire.

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