Family Law

Consent orders and Clean Break Orders

Consent orders and clean break orders fall under the banner of family law, and Ashmans Solicitors can provide legal services related to them. Where in many aspects a divorce may be considered a new start, there are still a number of issues that must be considered before this can truly happen. Money can pose issues at any stage of a marriage. The issue of money becomes more difficult when it comes to divorce proceedings. Even many years after your marriage has ended.

In England and Wales, an Absolute Decree brings a marriage to a legal end but it does not sever the financial commitment. That means, despite being legally divorced, your ex-spouse may still be able to make a claim on your money or assets in the future. That’s why many choose to get either a consent order or a clean break order; making sure everyone knows where they stand financially.

Clean break divorce

A clean break order is used for couples getting a divorce, or who are already divorced. Wishing to officially cut their financial ties to one another. This can be used to confirm there are no shared assets to be divided between the two and means neither one can make a financial claim against the other in the future. In a typical clean break, any property you own together would be sold and the pensions shared so each party gets their fair share.

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Why would someone choose a clean break?

Many assume that, once divorced, what’s theirs is theirs. However, this is often not the case, and some find out the hard way. Mr Page had been divorced from his wife for more than 10 years, and had even remarried. Then when he won £56m in the Euro Millions draw. During his divorce from the former Mrs Page, they decided to not get a clean break financial order along with their divorce. They decided there was no point as the couple did not have much money at the time.

Mr Page’s ex-wife did not remarry and, when he won the jackpot on the lottery, she made a claim for a share of the pay-out. With no clean break order in place, he was forced to settle the case to avoid an even bigger award going to her. Eventually handing over £2m of his winnings to his ex-wife. Whilst this an extreme case, this shows why finalising finances in a divorce is vital in protecting your future. Even if you feel you don’t need to right now.

Consent order for divorce

A consent order essentially the same as a clean break but is used for couples who have financial assets to divide. It lists the couple’s assets and states how they will be shared out. It also includes a section which stops either spouse from making a financial claim against the other in the future.

Divorce financial settlement

Agreeing on finances, either with your ex-partner alone or by using a family solicitors, is a tough but essential part of a divorce. The main ways you can come to an agreed financial divorce settlement include:

A prenuptial agreement

Whilst it may not be something you want to think about before marriage, agreeing on what will happen to savings and assets in the event of a divorce can save a lot of time, money, and bitterness later down the line should things not work out as planned. Although not legally binding, these are often used in courts to reach a final judgement.


If a prenuptial agreement was not made at the start of the marriage, reaching an arrangement that works for everyone during divorce proceedings can be a little harder. Couples may choose to divide their assets between themselves with the help of a divorce lawyer. This is to ensure the end result is fair. Whilst this can still be a stressful and lengthy process, many prefer find mediation over taking their case to court.

Consent Orders and Clean Break ; Court

Mediation is not always successful, making a court case unavoidable. Courts will take certain factors into account when forming their judgement. Including any financially-dependent children and the individual earning potential of each partner. If either is found to be at a significant financial advantage to the other, the courts may make them pay spousal maintenance. This could be either for a set number of years to allow them time to become financially independent. Or for the rest of their lives.

Ashmans Solicitors provides legal services including consent orders and clean break orders in Yorkshire. Also Dewsbury, Leeds, Huddersfield, Sheffield – and Central & East London

What Is A Clean Break Order

A Clean Break Order is a type of financial Court Order. This enables you to separate your matrimonial finances from those of your ex. It also means that you would no longer be required to financially support them and they would have no entitlement to claim any money from you in the future

How Do I Get A Clean Break Order

A Clean Break Order can be granted by the Court after a divorce to sever all financial ties between the couple. Without one either person could make a financial claim against the other in the future

Can I Draw Up My Own Clean Break Order

No you cannot draft your own clean break order. It needs to be drafted by a divorce solicitor so it is fair to both parties. The judge is more likely to accept a professionally drawn up agreement

Related : Defending a Forced Marriage Application 

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  • If you’re being forced into a marriage against your will, we can help you to arrange a Forced Marriage Protection Order.
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