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The Law Commission open a Consultation on the Enforcement of Family Financial Orders

The Law Commission has this month opened a consultation regarding the enforcement of financial orders made in family proceedings.

Under the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973, the Civil Partnership Act 2004 and the Children Act 1989 the Courts have statutory powers to order people to make financial provision for their children or for a former spouse or civil partner following a divorce or the dissolution of a civil partnership.

Despite such orders being made sometimes it is necessary for a  party to seek to enforce the terms of a financial order and risk suffering financial hardship if the order cannot be enforced. The current law surrounding enforcement of family financial orders has been described as “hopelessly complex and procedurally tortuous”.

The Law Commission have therefore opened the consultation with a view to reforming the law which could offer clarity and a more manageable and achievable means of enforcement of family financial orders. The Law Commission aim to publish a report with recommendations to the Government within 18 months to 2 years from the close of the consultation which is set to end in July 2015.

If you require assistance in enforcing a family financial order then please contact our family department for a free half hour consultation 0800 919 231

We have offices at Lancaster, Kendal and Barrow in Furness.


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