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Financial provision orders: divorce and separation.
22A(2) The “appropriate time” [to apply for AR] is any time—
(a) after a statement of marital breakdown has been received by the court and before any application for a divorce order or for a separation order is made to the court by reference to that statement;
(b) when an application for a divorce order or separation order has been made under section 3 of the 1996 Act and has not been withdrawn;
(c) when an application for a divorce order has been made under section 4 of the 1996 Act and has not been withdrawn;
(d) after a divorce order has been made;
(e) when a separation order is in force.............
Restrictions affecting section 22A.
22B (1) No financial provision order, other than an interim order, may be made under section 22A above so as to take effect before the making of a divorce order or separation order in relation to the marriage, unless the court is satisfied—
(a) that the circumstances of the case are exceptional; and
(b) that it would be just and reasonable for the order to be so made.