What Is a Clean Break Order in Divorce?
A clean break order is a voluntary financial agreement entered into by divorcing couples to ensure that all mutual financial affairs are completely severed.
The only way to prevent either party from making future financial claims is to obtain a clean break order, which ends all financial commitments as husband and wife.
The pronouncement of the decree absolute in divorce proceedings does not prevent a party to the divorce making a future claim against the other’s income or assets, even after many years of being divorced.
Without obtaining a clean break order the parties’ claims against each other’s finances will otherwise remain open as our example below shows you.
Why clean break orders are so important – A real-life example
Nigel Page had been divorced from his ex-wife for 10 years when he won £56m in the Euro Millions draw a few years ago, yet he was forced to pay £2M in an out of court settlement, due to the fact that when the couple divorced, they didn’t obtain a clean break to end their financial relationship.
Although lottery wins are very rare, these circumstances highlight the importance of finalising your financial matters in a properly drafted clean break order alongside your divorce proceedings.
If you don’t obtain a clean break order through the courts, your spouse at any point in the future could go back to court and claim for money from you, if for example, you win the lottery or if your wealth increases through other means.
In the case of Nigel Page, a simple clean break order would’ve laid out that there are to be no on-going maintenance payments or division of any pensions or property. If this was sealed by a Judge, it would’ve prevented his ex-wife from being able to make a claim against his new wealth.
How much will a clean break order cost me?
Our Clean Break Order Service costs £199 fixed-fee including VAT. When filing any financial order, you are required to pay a £50 filing fee, which is paid when you file the financial papers with the courts.
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 being paid.
What is included in our service?
- Professionally drafted by our in-house family law solicitors
- The order is drafted within 28-31 working days
- A one-off fixed-fee payment of £199, no hidden charges
- Everything can be completed online at your convenience
- No court appearance, time off work or arranging childcare
Most people who apply for a financial court order have it signed and sealed by a Judge shortly after they receive their decree absolute.
Obtain a Clean Break Order Without the Stress or Excessive Costs
We can help you save over £1000 compared to hiring local solicitors. Everything can be completed online and you will be updated at each step on your phone or laptop.
Agreeing to end your financial relationship after a divorce
You may be all sweetness and light when you file for divorce, but things change and sometimes very quickly.
For instance, new partners can be a driving force for asking for more money if they think the original deal was unfair or the new couple are short of money.
Therefore, agreeing to end your financial relationship by obtaining a financial court order at the same stage of divorce proceedings is advisable. In most cases both your divorce and financial proocedings can be completed at a similar time; meaning both your marriage and financial ties will be severed.
The most common reason we see for claims is for pensions, as wives will often put housing and cash in the bank as a priority when they split and then come to regret it later on, despite a generous deal having been done at the time.
Don’t risk your future finances for a few hundred pounds
Obtaining a clean break from your spouse following a divorce does not mean that there needs to be drawn out or contested proceedings.
When parties reach an agreement in respect of financial matters, this can and should be contained in an order which is approved by the courts.
Do not leave financial claims for another day, as without a clear court order, a former wife or husband may pursue financial claims many years after the divorce. There have been cases where spouses have made successful financial claims after being divorced for 10 years.
People with little or no assets at the time of divorce should consider obtaining a clean break to protect themselves going forward.
It would be negligent of any divorce service or solicitor not to advise this.
How To Obtain a Clean Break Order
Our Clean Break Order Service provides you with a way of legally ending your financial relationship following a divorce without needing to spend thousands on solicitors fees or cause any uncessary acrimony between the parties.
When using high-street solicitors, you’ll need to visit their offices, attend meetings and spend thousands. There is an alternative, which has been used by over 40,000 people since 1999; see how the process works below.
Order Your Service
You can complete our secure online checkout to get started today or you can call us on 01793 384 029 to speak to our friendly advisors who will answer any questions you may have before getting started.
You Complete Questionnaire
Once you have made payment for the service you will be able to log in to your account and complete an online questionnaire. The questionnaire is where you provide us with the details we need, which can be done at your convenience and from the comfort of your own home or work.
We Draft The Paperwork
Our in-house solicitors will formally draft the clean break order for you from the details you have provided us with. This usually takes 28-31 working days, but you’ll be able to check the progress throughout in your online account.
We File The Paperwork
Once the order has been drafted and both parties are happy with the agreement, we will process your application through the courts for you. You’ll then receive confirmation from us once the order has been granted by the Judge.
View Our Clean Break Order Service – £199
We provide a better, more efficient and cheaper service compared to high-street solicitors, which is why more than 40,000 people have chosen to use our service.
No need to take time off work or arrange childcare to visit our offices
Everything is completed online, no court appearance is necessary
Professionally drafted by family law solicitors
Drafted within 28-31 working days