Financial Orders & Agreements


It is normal to feel extremely anxious about your financial security if your marriage or civil partnership breaks down. Armstrong Family Law can:

  • advise you on the likely financial outcome of a divorce or dissolution
  • obtain financial disclosure from your spouse or civil partner
  • negotiate constructively on your behalf to obtain a fair deal and to then obtain a binding financial consent order from the court
  • negotiate using a collaborative negotiation process rather than contested court proceedings
  • refer you to a mediator and then advise you throughout the mediation process and in relation to any proposed agreement
  • resolve any dispute using arbitration rather than applying to the court
  • represent you at the Family Court in relation to an application for a financial order
  • enforce financial orders

The court has the power to make various types of financial orders in divorce and dissolution proceedings, including orders for maintenance and dividing your assets, including houses and pensions. Armstrong Family Law can advise you on how to achieve a fair share of the family finances that meets your and your children’s needs and can represent you in any negotiations or Family Court proceedings.

Depending upon the circumstances of the case, the Family Court can make various types of financial order:

Financial orders can be made by agreement with your spouse or civil partner,  following negotiations, mediation or collaborative meetings or, if there is no agreement, by using family arbitration or by making an application to the Family Court to resolve any dispute. The vast majority of cases are resolved by agreement. It is not usually necessary for you to attend any court hearings if agreement has been reached with your spouse.

It is essential that you obtain a financial order from the Family Court, even when there is an agreement between you and your spouse. Divorcing without obtaining a financial order may leave you both exposed to the risk of further financial claims in the future or you may find that you cannot enforce the agreement.

The law that applies to unmarried couples is completely different to the law in relation to married and divorcing couples. For details of how we can help unmarried people who are in financial and property disputes at the end of a relationship, please click here.

Armstrong Family Law abides by the Resolution Code of Practice.

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