Many couples did not use a solicitor to finalise their financial arrangements and implement a complete clean break between them at the time of their divorce. Current data also shows there was a considerable drop in the number of couples seeking approval of clean break orders following the recession beginning in  2008. Presumably, many couples felt they could not justify spending any surplus cash on solicitor’s fees.

Unfortunately, these figures also show any saving they thought made at the time have proved false.  One party has changed their mind or spent their settlement so later greater legal fees and associated stress have been incurred  due to contested court proceedings that could have been avoided had they taken expert legal advice at the time of separation.

We are committed to constantly reminding our clients how important it is to obtain a court order to terminate any future financial claims following an uncontested divorce.

We recommend you read our earlier blogs on this subject including the well known case of Vince – v – Wyatt 2015 which, although extreme, gives you a stark reminder of the pitfalls of trying to avoid spending a few hundred pounds on getting your legal affairs finalised  when you separate.