Entries by Brendan Hanks

Are Consent Orders Final?

  Clients quite often ask us Are Consent Orders Final? In simple terms, yes, Consent Orders are final.  In financial matters, the court has an obligation which is provided for in the legislation to end the financial relationship between the parties and so a good solicitor will draft Consent Orders that will both cover all […]

What is a Minute of Consent ?

    Clients quite often ask us what is a Minute of Consent ? A minute of Consent is essentially a term used for a document that contains the proposed Consent Orders that you are asking the court to make on your behalf.  A minute of Consent can deal with either property settlement Consent Orders […]

Why do I need a Consent Order?

  Clients quite often ask us Why do I need a Consent Order? There are a number of good reasons why it is a good idea to obtain Consent Orders. We find that many of our clients have an agreement in relation to the division or of their assets or the future care arrangements for […]

Does each person need a lawyer for Consent Orders?

  Clients quite often ask us Does each person need a lawyer for Consent Orders?   Whilst it is always a good idea to obtain legal advice prior to signing off on Consent Orders, it is not mandatory. Many people are in the situation where they have reached an agreement with a former partner that […]

Spousal Maintenance in Consent Orders

  Clients quite often ask us about Spousal Maintenance in Consent Orders.   In some instances parties have an agreement where one party will pay to the other spousal maintenance.  Spousal maintenance might be paid by way of a lump sum or by way of regular payments, say weekly or fortnightly.   If the parties agree […]

Who prepares a Consent Order?

  Clients quite often ask us Who prepares a Consent Order?   It is important that your Consent Orders, whether they deal with property matters or matters pertaining to the future care arrangements for your children, are drafted in a way which makes them unambiguous and that they are set out in a way that […]

What happens if you breach a Consent Order

  Clients quite often ask What happens if you breach a Consent Order   The implications of What happens if you breach a Consent Order is the same whether the Order was made by Consent or pursuant to a contested hearing. Ordinarily the court will want to see the Order complied with and it can […]

Does a Consent Order need to be signed by a solicitor

  Clients quite often ask Does a Consent Order need to be signed by a solicitor ?   Does a Consent Order need to be signed by a solicitor, in fact neither party is required to obtain independent legal advice in relation to proposed Consent Orders before signing off on them.  Quite often when parties […]