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What are we each entitled to in our divorce settlement?

What does the law say about how to split the house, how to share pensions and other assets, and how much maintenance is payable.

What steps can we take to reach a fair agreement?

The four basic steps to reaching an agreement on divorce finances are: disclosure, getting advice, negotiating and implementing a Consent Order.

What is a Consent Order and why do we need one?

A Consent Order is a legally binding document that finalises a divorcing couple's agreement on property, pensions and other assets.


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How long to rubberstamp Consent Order?

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15 Oct 07 #4733 by motherof2
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Once again, thanks for your help Louise. Amazingly it hadn't occurred to me that I could ring the court directly. Think you get so led into believing by solicitors that only they can undertake this process on your behalf that you forget it is possible to take matters into your own hands! Will definitely take your advice.

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15 Oct 07 #4746 by wscowell
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I'll chip in with my two penn'orth on this one. The key word is CONSENT. If you have both agreed the wording, there will be a document drawn up by a solicitor with the signature of you both. There will also be a brief statement of financial facts (Form M1 - Statement of Information).

If you have this, you have consent. Lodge it at Court. Formal application was already filed in Form A, otherwise there would be no talk of Forms E and penal Notices etc. So no fee is payable. Just send it to the Court and you should have your Order in 3 weeks or so, 4 at most.

There is no Hearing as such. If the Judge doesn't like it, he will say why, and fire it back with questions he wants answered.

If the solicitor is saying a Hearing is better, there must be a reason for this. Ask for chapter and verse. The solicitor has a duty to take you by the hand and explain everything clearly and patiently. If he/she fails to do so, ask again. And make it clear that you will not be paying if you don't get a clear explanation. They are there to clarify, not obscure things.

Remember: "the solicitor ADVISES, the client INSTRUCTS". Good luck!

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20 Jun 14 #437445 by lubylugogo
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Im in a constant state of anxiety & worry , can anyone advise me ?
My Consent Order was sent to the court on 9th june , me & my ex have agreed a financial settlement , & i have an urgent need to get a sealed order as i have found a flat i really want to purchase , but im under extrene pressure to exchange by the vendor. The majority of the purchase is with the divorce settlement. I have made it very clear to the court with letters , phonecalls & emails that i need a sealed order before i commit to exchange . Is it worth my while going into the court & get to speak to the court manager , to speed things up?
Please " anyone have any advic£e , my solicitor cant give me any answers . (Ive spent over £25,000 on legal fees so i cant afford anynore expensive phonecalls etc to waste on legal fees!!!
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Im in a constant state of anxiety & worry , can anyone advise me ?
My Consent Order was sent to the court on 9th june , me & my ex have agreed a financial settlement , & i have an urgent need to get a sealed order as i have found a flat i really want to purchase , but im under extrene pressure to exchange by the vendor. The majority of the purchase is with the divorce settlement. I have made it very clear to the court with letters , phonecalls & emails that i need a sealed order before i commit to exchange . Is it worth my while going into the court & get to speak to the court manager , to speed things up?
Please " anyone have any advic£e , my solicitor cant give me any answers . (Ive spent over £25,000 on legal fees so i cant afford anynore expensive phonecalls etc to waste on legal fees!!!
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Im in a constant state of anxiety & worry , can anyone advise me ?
My Consent Order was sent to the court on 9th june , me & my ex have agreed a financial settlement , & i have an urgent need to get a sealed order as i have found a flat i really want to purchase , but im under extrene pressure to exchange by the vendor. The majority of the purchase is with the divorce settlement. I have made it very clear to the court with letters , phonecalls & emails that i need a sealed order before i commit to exchange . Is it worth my while going into the court & get to speak to the court manager , to speed things up?
Please " anyone have any advic£e , my solicitor cant give me any answers . (Ive spent over £25,000 on legal fees so i cant afford anynore expensive phonecalls etc to waste on legal fees!!!
Lubylugogo

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20 Jun 14 #437451 by dukey
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Best call the court and ask, no two are the same in terms of timing, some a few weeks some a few months.

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