When you get divorced it is strongly recommended that you take steps to deal with the financial aspects of your separation. If you do not do so, you may be leaving yourself open to your former spouse or civil partner making a claim against your assets and income in years to come.
Reaching an agreement is clearly a better way to resolve potential disputes rather than going to court. As well as being much less expensive, it can improve future relationships between ex-partners, especially those with an ongoing need to have contact, for example because of children.
In order to formalise an agreement reached between you and your ex-partner, you could apply to court for a Consent Order. This will make any agreements reached in relation to the financial aspects of your separation legally enforceable.
If you are married or in a civil partnership a Consent Order can be made by a court at any time after the Decree Nisi stage. Generally though, the order won’t be effective until Decree Absolute has been made.
If you’re getting divorced or dissolving a civil partnership you can enter into a Consent Order as part of the divorce or dissolution proceedings. For a fixed fee package, Makin Dixon Solicitors Ltd can assist you in this regard.
What do I get for my money?
For a fixed fee of £450 + VAT you will get an initial telephone consultation with one of our expert family lawyers who will then be assigned to your case. We will obtain all the necessary information from you to allow us to draft a Consent Order and Statement of Information in support on the basis of the agreement reached between yourself and your spouse or civil partner. We will correspond directly with your spouse or civil partner and we will keep you fully informed throughout the process.
Please note that this package is only suitable if an agreement has already been reached between yourself and your former partner in respect of financial matters. In the event that you have been unable to arrive at such an agreement, please see our Financial Negotiation Package which will be able to assist in negotiations with a view to reaching an agreement.
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