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Ok, so you've been to Court (and quite possibly Hell and back too) and you've got an order from the Court.
Perhaps, it was a Matrimonial Order following a divorce and your spouse has been ordered to put the former family home on the market. Or maybe it was a dispute with your former partner who has been ordered to pay you a lump sum. But now, your ex-partner won't play ball and put that house on the market, or pay the lump sum - what should you do next?
Fortunately there are enforcement rules that a party can use to ensure compliance but the process is not straight forward. The rules regarding enforcement are complex and there is no guarantee that you will be able to enforce your order effectively or efficiently.
Luckily, this issue has not gone unnoticed and in December 2016, the Law Commission published The Enforcement of Family Financial Orders report.
The Commission has highlighted some specific areas for improvement within this area of the law.
It now recommends some keys changes with the idea of de-mystifying some of the complexity that surrounds the enforcement rules. These include:
It's unfortunate that the problem of enforcement has led to the Commission having to reconsider the possibility of more draconian enforcement measures but that is the current reality. It is hoped, however, that the recommendations will create a more effective enforcement system which ensures that both a creditor and a debtor are treated fairly.
If these recommendations are adopted, the consequences of failure to adhere to the terms of a Family Financial Order will become more far reaching.
Imagine being banned from driving, in effect, because of an outstanding matrimonial matter.
For advice on Family Financial Orders and enforcement action, please contact Rachel Spencer-Robb on 01943 601020 or ku.oc1701663031.fcl@1701663031bbore1701663031cneps1701663031r1701663031
Rachel is nationally recognised as an expert in her field by independent legal guide Chambers and Partners for the last four consecutive years.
Most recently Chambers UK (2017) stated : Rachel Spencer Robb leads the family law team at LCF Law and "works hard to deliver practical solutions for her clients." Sources consistently emphasise her skills in collaborative proceedings, particularly in relation to divorces. Peers commend her as"articulate and persuasive in meetings; she's a good listener."
For further advice please contact Rachel Spencer-Robb on 01943 885 790 or ku.oc1701663031.fcl@1701663031bborr1701663031ecnep1701663031sr1701663031
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