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Enforcing Financial Orders

justice mediation redhillThe Government has announced it plans to improve the enforcement of financial orders in family matters. Each year thousands of separating couples obtain financial orders from the courts. These might include where a court decides partners must pay money to one another (for example, to support an ex-partner) or to transfer property to the other after a relationship breaks down. Sometimes these orders are not complied with.

Justice Minister Lucy Frazer has announced that the Government will bring forward measures to improve the enforcement system. The government will -

  • provide new guidance for litigants so they know how to enforce their awards,
  • amend or change the court forms so that debtors and creditors understand what is required of them,
  • let debtors know the consequences of lying to the Court,
  • streamline the system to cut down on unnecessary hearings where all are in agreement, and,
  • explore amendments to the Family Procedure Rules 2010,

Still under consideration by the government are -

  • giving the courts wider powers to obtain information from third parties, for example, banks and pension providers, about a debtor’s assets,
  • extending existing methods of enforcement to assets such as pension savings and joint bank accounts, and,
  • enabling courts to apply pressure on debtors who have the means to pay but are refusing
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