Family and Divorce Law Jargon Buster: Part 9 – Consent Order

August 21, 2013, By Slater Heelis

This is the next instalment in our bitesize blog series in which we hope to demystify some of the legal terms which are frequently used by family solicitors when giving legal advice and in the family courts environment.

Consent Order:   Divorcing couples often reach an agreement out of court in respect of their finances, either by negotiation between themselves, with the help of solicitors or through mediation.  In order for that agreement to be binding, the terms must be incorporated into a Consent Order.  This is then submitted to the court and, if approved, the Judge will seal the order.  This renders the order enforceable in the event of breach and (in most circumstances) will dismiss all other claims that one party has against the other in full and final settlement.  This is called a ‘Clean Break’.

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