Are Consent Orders legally binding?


Quite often clients ask are Consent Orders legally binding?

When your Consent Order is made, it has the same effect as a court Order made by a judge after a contested court hearing.  This means that if one party doesn’t comply with a court Order, you can make an application to the court to have the Order enforced.  This is the case whether the Consent Order relates to your property settlement, or is a parenting Order.  So for example, if you have a parenting Consent Order that has been made by Consent  that says the children are to be returned to you at a certain time on a certain day and that doesn’t happen, you can apply to the court to have the Consent Order enforced.  If your former partner is supposed to transfer a lump sum of money to you by a certain day and doesn’t, you can apply to the court to have that Order enforced.


Having said that however, the fact of having court Orders that are legally binding in place does, typically, result in both parties complying with them, as neither party usually wants to be taken to court to have an Order enforced against them.  Also, Consent Orders arise from an agreement being reached between the parties, and so because they’ve actually agreed to the Orders being put into place, they’re usually quite happy to comply with them.


But in essence, the Order has the same effect, and is just as legally binding, whether made by Consent or made pursuant to a contested court hearing.  The only difference is that you didn’t have to attend court or go through a contested hearing to get a Consent Order as the court makes the Orders in Chambers, not in open court.


Who Can You Talk To About Consent Orders?

If you need someone to talk to about if your consent orders are legally binding or have general questions about consent orders, Kate Austin Family Law can help. We are dedicated to Consent Orders  in NSW and Queensland. When it comes to consent orders Family Court can be a complicated place, and it pays to have somebody like Kate Austin Family Law on your side.

When it comes to consent orders family law professionals at Kate Austin have got you covered. They offer fixed price the consent orders to ensure you aren’t caught out by high, unexpected fees. Get on online instant Quote here. There’s no reason to put off getting the process started for your consent order with the Kate Austin team. They can help you get consent orders Family Court are likely to approve. Yes, there are the experts in consent orders family law seekers have been looking for.

So, get in touch with Kate Austin Family Law today and you can feel confident that you are getting the information on consent orders you’ve been looking for.

If you require further supporting documentation in relation to Consent Orders we suggest you look at the Family Court website 

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