Whilst the law in relation to divorce changed in April 2022, making the process simpler it is important to note that a Final Divorce Order (formerly Decree Absolute) does not prevent future financial claims against assets, property, income pensions and your estate upon death.
Even where financial arrangements are agreed between you and your former partner it is strongly advisable that a Consent Order is approved by the Court upon Conditional Order (formerly Decree Nisi) stage of the divorce process. We are able to assist in the preparation and submission of agreed Consent Orders.
The Court’s role is limited where matters are agreed to reading through the consent order alongside a statement of information form which gives brief details of your financial situation. Provided the consent order is drafted correctly and the agreement is fair it will be approved and become binding upon the making of a Final Divorce Order.
Where financial arrangements have not been agreed we can assist in exchanging financial disclosure, advising following mediation and negotiating a settlement.
Where it is not possible to reach agreement through mediation or negotiation we are able to assist in financial remedy proceedings, arranging private FDR hearings, and in representation in arbitration.
If you require any assistance in relation to financial matters please contact a member of our team who will be happy to help. Initial fixed fee appointments are available.