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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.

Clean Break/Consent order

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19 Jun 12 #337705 by bluecity
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Hello everyone,

I''ve looked around and I can''t find a direct answer to these questions.

To obtain a Consent Order, do you need to be already in the divorce process, or can the order and divorce be "started" at the same time? i.e., you both agree on finances and arrangements, take it to a managed divorce solicitor and they take it to court to make the order legal, and begin the divorce proceedings with an application for Nisi?

The other question is, is a Clean Break basically a Consent Order, but where you both fully agree to completely separate financially forever? Or are they very different things. I feel slightly confused and I''m not sure if the above makes sense. Hopefully someone will understand what I''m going on about!

If anyone has a link to some cold hard facts it would also help!

Thanks everyone.


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19 Jun 12 #337710 by dukey
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You need to be divorcing before you can have a CO and the CO cannot go to court unless you have the Decree Nisi.

A clean break order ends claims on assets Income and I inheritance a total financial break

If you have kids you may not be able to have a clean break but you can still have claims removed for assets and inheritance

There is little difference between the two in reality

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