Most people going through the divorce process will not have to use the courts to sort out their finances. You can reach a divorce settlement agreement through other means, such as through family mediation or collaborative law.
For those who do use the courts, the diagram below has been designed to give you a clear view of how the financial proceedings work. It covers all the steps taken when determining divorce settlements in the UK, from the initial forms filed, to the financial dispute resolution (FDR) hearing – when divorce financial settlements are usually agreed upon.
Blue words link to an explanation of those terms to help you understand legal jargon relating to divorce settlements.
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It is possible to reach a divorce settlement agreement at any point during financial proceedings. If that happens, it is usual to prepare a court order setting out what has been agreed and dismissing the claims that each spouse has against the other (if this does not happen, the right to come back and ask for more remains open). As soon as a divorce settlement is agreed upon, both parties can mutually decide to call off the financial proceedings and stop the legal fees racking up.
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