If you have already begun your divorce proceedings but have not filed an agreed financial order, then you can get your financial divorce settlement in writing and save hundreds of pounds in legal fees with the DIY Consent Order Service.
Divorcing couples can create a Consent Order (also known as a Clean Break Order) to ensure that any financial agreement reached by them is legally binding and that no party can make further claims against the other after the divorce has been made absolute. A Consent Order must be filed at a divorce court and approved by a Judge to be enforceable in law.
For the fixed price of just £150, Divorce Online – the largest single divorce service in Europe – provides you with a solicitor-drafted Financial Consent Order plus guidance on how you can file the clean break order at the divorce court, so you can smoothly confirm your financial divorce settlement.
The DIY Consent Order Service is Divorce Online’s cheapest option for a consent order service. It’s perfect for you if you are on a tight budget and need expert help and guidance on how to get your financial divorce settlement in writing.
The divorce process itself only arranges the dissolution of your marriage and doesn’t include your financial arrangements after divorce.
To stop you or your ex coming back to the divorce court at a later date to sort out any financial problems, it’s best to put the terms of your financial agreement into a legally-binding court order which dismisses any future financial claims after divorce.
Divorce Online will provide you with the following financial assistance during divorce:
Unlike divorce lawyers, Divorce Online doesn’t charge you by the minute to help you with your divorce and as they provide a fixed price service, it’s in their interests to ensure that the production of your financial clean break order goes quickly and smoothly.
A standard charge court filing fee of £45, which you will need to pay directly to the divorce court, unless you qualify for an exemption of court fees because you’re on a low income.
Founded in 1999, Divorce Online manages 1 in 4 of all divorce petitions filed in England and Wales without a solicitor and 1 in 8 of all divorce petitions filed in England and Wales.
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If you want to speak to one of Divorce Online's experts to find out if their services suit your needs, call 01793 211 211 today.
Divorce doesn’t have to be expensive and stressful. Get your legally-binding financial order in writing with the DIY Consent Order Service and save £££s in legal fees.
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The divorce court can make the following financial orders:
These order that one spouse should make maintenance, or periodical payments (usually from the husband to the wife). Payments are normally ordered on a weekly or monthly basis. They can be limited to a set period.
Lump sum orders
These order one spouse to make a payment of a lump sum of money to the other. This sum can be of any amount, depending upon the assets of the parties in any particular case. A lump sum can be ordered in addition to maintenance payments, or it can be in final settlement of the financial obligations of the payer.
Transfers of property
The divorce court can order a husband or wife to transfer any property which belongs to that person to the other spouse. This order is often made when the property to be transferred is the spouse's interest in the former matrimonial home. These orders can be made in relation to all forms of property, including tenancies and company shares, for example.
You don’t need to, but it’s advisable to do so. If you ignore the financial issues and later remarry, you may lose the right to have the matrimonial financial affairs reviewed by the court. It’s wise to get an agreement on finances and, if appropriate, obtain a 'clean break' Consent Order (not valid in Scotland).
If you and your spouse can’t agree on the division of assets, then mediation may help.
By getting a ‘Clean Break’ Consent Order in writing, you and your ex-spouse can agree on your financial arrangements and make it legally binding so that neither party can go back to court to ask for more money or assets after you’ve got divorced.
There is always a risk that either you or your spouse can make further claims after the divorce if the court doesn’t make a financial order. So even if you have already divided your assets or have very little assets, it makes sense to make sure that no further claims can be made in the future.
Clean breaks can be used where one spouse is happy to accept a lump-sum payment, instead of extended maintenance payments. This lump sum will be enough to produce the appropriate level of income for either the rest of the receiving party’s expected lifespan or a fixed term of years, depending on the circumstances.
A clean break arrangement is most appropriate for young couples with no dependent children after a relatively short marriage. It’s sometimes less appropriate where there are young children.
Note that Clean Break Consent Orders are not valid in Scotland.
Every divorce case is different, so this will depend on the circumstances of your case. It’s always necessary to get expert legal advice regarding your financial issues when getting divorced.