Financial Orders & Agreements


A divorce, dissolution or separation will often involve huge changes to your living arrangements and financial circumstances. It is therefore a good idea to seek legal advice at an early stage so that you can find out what your options are and what your legal position is.

Armstrong Family Law is committed to resolving disputes wherever possible by using alternatives to court, such as collaborative law, mediation or arbitration. If necessary, Armstrong Family Law can also represent you in court proceedings.

  • 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
  •  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

In divorce and dissolution proceedings, the Family Court can make various kinds of order, 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, if you have them, your children’s needs.

In most cases, a financial order can be made by agreement with your spouse or civil partner following negotiations, mediation or collaborative meetings. It is not usually necessary for you to attend any court hearings if agreement has been reached with your spouse or civil partner.

If there is no agreement, the dispute can be resolved by using family arbitration or by making an application to the Family Court for a financial order.

It is vitally important that as part of a divorce or dissolution, you make sure that you get a financial order from the Family Court, even when there is an agreement between you and your spouse or civil partner. If you don’t have a financial order, you risk 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.

If you would like to arrange a consultation, please call on 01206 848426 or click here.

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