Making decisions about financial arrangements following a divorce or separation can feel overwhelming. There seem to be so many different things to think of and take into account. We have tried to make this process easier by identifying useful information and websites.
Some people reach agreement on their own without professional help, it is always worth discussing your decisions with a solicitor who will be able to give you advice so you are able to make an informed choice. To find out more about legal contacts go to our Legal contacts page.
It is important to remember that arrangements are different for people who are married and people who have not been married. There is an expectation that parents will both support their children financially after divorce or separation. The Child Support Agency is in the process of closing its files and they will be transferred to the Child Maintenance Options. In future there will be charges both for the person who is financially supporting the child and the parent receiving payment. So if you can it really is better to make arrangements between you.
If you decide to make decisions about your finances through mediation, go to our mediation about finances page.
If you cannot reach agreement you may feel application to court is the most appropriate option. Before you can apply to court you must attend a mediation information and assessment meeting (MIAMS) and obtain evidence that you have attended (C100 form) this is included in your application.
The C100 form is the form you will need to complete to apply to court. If you need help with completing this form you can ask your local Citizens Advice Bureau.
Read our document on court forms.
The court will take the following factors into account in reaching its decision. It is important to remember that each case is different and the court will follow guidelines. Read our document on financial provision on divorce.
Legal aid is not available for applications to court except in exceptional circumstances. You will be expected to pay your legal fees and court fees. Read more about civil and family court fees.