Did you know, if you fail to get a consent order (court order dealing with your financial settlement), your ex can make a financial claim upon you, even years after the divorce is final?
Simple. Get a consent-order. A consent order is a legally binding court order which sets out your agreement about your assets. You get it before you finalise your divorce and depending on the level of your assets, it will not cost a lot. If your case is suitable, you can have a ‘clean break’ consent order. This means you have no financial ties with each other in the future, i.e. there are no maintenance payments.
Having a consent order before finalising your divorce, may cost you money in professional fees, but could save you thousands of pounds in the future. It ensures that your ex can never change their mind about the agreement and come back for more. We have had many queries from people who have lost money because they divorced with a consent order.
One client gave his family home to his ex because he wanted the divorce wrapped up quickly. They did not get the divorce settlement approved by the court. Two years later he remarried and had young children with his new wife. All was well and he was happy, until he received a letter from his ex’s solicitor, asking for a large lump sum. A lengthy court ensued and he nearly lost his home due to the cost of the proceedings. This was avoidable with a simple consent order, which would have cost him a few hundred pounds. The consent order would have set out the divorce settlement in clear terms, i.e. that the wife gets the matrimonial home and no other claims are to be made by either party. This would have prevented his ex from ever making a claim upon him and he would never have heard from her.
These are many excuses people make for not getting a consent order. What they don’t account for is that people and circumstances change. Don’t make excuses, take action and protect your financial future. Drafting a consent order doesn’t take long and it does not cost the earth so it worth investing in your peace of mind. Having a consent order means you can move on with your life, without worrying about what may happen in the future.
We appreciate that dealing with the financial settlement is one of the most stressful things that a person could ever go through. It is a worry, but burying your head in the sand is not the answer. We can help you through the process and make it simple as possible. Our Negotiators will take the time to talk to you both about your divorce settlement. Also we’ll assess it to make sure that it is fair and tell you whether the court is likely to approve it. Don’t worry, if it is not fair, we can suggest alternative options that may work better for you both.
The best thing about our service is that we talk to you both. We are not like solicitors who encourage one party to claim as much as possible from the other. We listen to your case with an independent objective view and offer solutions that work for both parties. This approach makes the process more bearable and makes an agreement more likely. No one wants to fight an expensive court battle. It is stressful and most of your matrimonial assets get wasted away in legal fees. As with all our clients, we will help keep your case out of court and encourage you to come to an amicable agreement. Once you have reached an agreement, we will draft it in the correct legal wording and send it to court for approval.
Whether you only have one home, multiple pensions or run a business, we can help. If you have reached an agreement or if you find it difficult to see eye to eye, we can help.
“This was the best option, as it is fair to both parties, and cuts down on cost and worry. Use Divorce Negotiator- you won’t regret it!”
“We both liked the advice given and instructed them straightaway. 5 months later we had finalised our divorce with an approved financial settlement.
“The Divorce Negotiator team were brilliant! They dealt with my paperwork and making the whole experience easier for me.”
“Total absence of competing with each other has meant we have emerged as friends.”
If you want to secure your future and move on with the knowledge that your assets are secure, give Divorce Negotiator a call to discuss your situation. We know how important a consent order is, which is why we don’t charge for our initial consultation. There is no hard sell, we just want to give you a chance to work things out, by speaking to a professional first. You will find out how much your consent order is going to cost, how long it will take and what process you need to follow.