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Things To Know About Clean Break Orders

  • Is a clean break the same as a consent order? A clean break is when there are no on-going commitments to each other, e.g. maintenance. Both parties agree to a clean break, which prevents either party from making a future financial claim. A consent order is where parties agree to a financial settlement. This document explains to the court how you intend to separate money and assets including spousal/child maintenance.
  • Do both parties have to agree to a clean break? Yes, both parties must agree to a clean break. If you cannot agree between you then you may need the help of the courts.
  • Can you get a clean break before or after a divorce? You can file for a clean break at the decree nisi stage of divorce proceedings. You can also file after the decree absolute has been granted, however, this can come with complications so it’s recommended to file at the same time as your divorce.
  • Can you get a clean break order online? Yes, our qualified solicitors can professionally draft you a clean break order within 31-working days for just £199 fixed-fee.

A clean break order is a type of court order in divorce proceedings that is made by consent and approved by the court. It severs all financial ties and protects you against your ex-partner making a future claim against any assets you have or acquire.

A clean break is achieved when both parties can live and be financially independent of each other. For example, neither party is receiving a lump-sum payment from a house sale or paying any on-going child and/or spousal maintenance.

If you have joint assets or children then it’s difficult to have a clean break as future payments are necessary from one spouse to the other.

In this situation, you would need to apply for a divorce & consent order. The consent order would document your financial settlement to the court and make it legally binding. It would ensure the agreement you’ve reached on money and assets gets carried out. View our Divorce & Consent Order Service.

What does a clean break order achieve?

  • It enables both parties to move forward and live financially independent of each other.
  • It prevents either party from making a financial claim against the other any time in the future.
  • It reduces the conflict between both parties when it comes to separating any money or assets.

Having a judge grant you a clean break following a divorce is necessary even if you have no money or assets.

Here’s something we often hear…

“Within our marriage, we owned a property, which we have recently sold. We shared the equity and split the remaining money 50/50. We have no children and no money to separate”.

Both parties are happy with the agreement and now live separate lives.

Most people would agree and think that everything is fine and both parties can get on with their new lives.

But it’s not. At least not if you are wanting legal protection over your finances. If you do not apply to the court to sever your financial relationship, it will not end.

It would only end if one party re-marries, which could be many years in the future.

How Much Does a Clean Break Order Cost?

Our Clean Break Order Service costs £199 fixed-fee including VAT. You must make a court fee payment of £50 when filing a court order.

This service is ideal for couples that don’t have a complex financial situation, for example:

  • You and your ex have already divided any assets.
  • You and your spouse do not have any joint asset to divide.
  • You do not wish to share any pensions between you.
  • There are no maintenance or lump sums required.

Clean Break Order vs Financial Consent Order?

A clean break order is for couples who do not have children or any on-going payments to make following a divorce, such as;

  • Lump-sum payments
  • Maintenance payments
  • Division of property
  • Division of pensions

This is common in short marriages where there are no joint assets or children.

When might a Clean Break Order be suitable?

If your marriage lasted a few years and each party can live financially independent of the other. E.g. there are no on-going maintenance or lump sums to pay.

When might I need a Consent Order?

If, for example, you are to sell your family home and split equity then you are required to obtain a consent order. This will ensure that the agreement is carried out by both parties.

This is also true if you intend to split any pensions, debts, savings or other such assets.

Questions About Finances or Clean Break Orders?

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Agreeing to End Your Financial Relationship Following a Divorce

You may be all sweetness and light when you file for divorce, but things can change very quickly.

New partners can be a driving force when asking for more money if they think the original deal was unfair. It can also be the case if the new couple doesn’t have much money.

Ending your financial relationship during the divorce process by obtaining a clean break order removes this worry.

In most cases, your divorce and clean break order can be achieved at the same time.

Ex-spouses tend to claim for pensions most often as they are the largest asset.

Wives will often put housing and cash in the bank as a priority, which they come to later regret.

You should always seek legal advice before entering into a financial court order. This will ensure you are receiving the best financial outcome following a divorce.

A real-life example of why you must resolve your finances

The following example may make you think twice when it comes to obtaining a financial order.

A few years ago, Nigel Page was a very lucky man and won £56m in the Euro Millions draw.

At the time of his divorce, Mr Page was not wealthy so negated putting in place a financial order.

His ex-wife of 10 years made a financial claim against his new wealth. Mr Page had to pay her £2m in an out of court settlement.

This case is extreme but shows you the need to properly deal with your finances at the time of divorce.

Agreeing to End Your Financial Relationship Following a Divorce

You may be all sweetness and light when you file for divorce, but things can change very quickly.

New partners can be a driving force when asking for more money if they think the original deal was unfair. It can also be the case if the new couple doesn’t have much money.

Ending your financial relationship during the divorce process by obtaining a clean break order removes this worry.

In most cases, your divorce and clean break order can be achieved at the same time.

Ex-spouses tend to claim for pensions most often as they are the largest asset.

Wives will often put housing and cash in the bank as a priority, which they come to later regret.

You should always seek legal advice before entering into a financial court order. This will ensure you are receiving the best financial outcome following a divorce.

How To Get a Clean Break Without Spending Thousands…

The good news is that you don’t need thousands to spend to achieve a Clean Break.

We have a Clean Break Order Service for £199. Our service helps people obtain a clean break without spending a fortune.

Our solicitors will prepare a fully drafted court document for you, ready to be signed.

Both parties need to sign the agreement and we will handle the rest for you. It is that simple to do and costs less than the average UK resident spends on coffee a year.

You have another option of course, which is to instruct a local solicitors firm. Be prepared for when you receive a quote as it will be anywhere from 5/6 times more than our service.

You will also need to visit their offices to provide them with your agreement and basic information.

With our service, everything is done online and via email.

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This post was written by Mark Keenan. Editor of the Divorce Online Blog and Managing Director of Online Legal Service Ltd. Mark has been writing about divorce and related subjects for over 20+ years and is an expert in legal marketing.

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