Clean break divorces - How to get one without massive legal fees
How to get a clean break divorce
The courts have a duty to try and effect a clean break in every divorce, except where there are children or not enough assets, so maintenance is needed.
Most couples we deal with are self representing and cannot afford or do not want to see a high street solicitor.
They will have usually already decided on the split of their assets and want it put into a binding court order, known as a consent order.
This order is also known as a clean break order, which will outline the terms of the financial settlement, such as sale of property, division or transfer of shares, personal property division and pension sharing.
Only after these other things have been dealt with does the clean break part of the order come into effect.
The decree absolute also has to have been pronounced before a clean break order can legally be put in place.
People often ask if they can just file a sheet of paper with their settlement details to get the clean break.
The answer is unfortunately, a big no.
The court like the order to be drafted in accordance with set rules and using court approved precedents, which are not available to the general public and will need to be drafted by a qualified solicitor.
Also you will want to make sure that the order is watertight and there are no misunderstandings in the drafting.
Luckily, we have a panel of solicitors that will draft your clean break order for you, either as part of a divorce package or separately if you have undertaken your own divorce.
Prices start at £269 for your divorce and clean break order to be drafted, filed and processed through the courts.
The same service that a high street solicitor would provide you with, but without the hefty fees and slow completion timescales.