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The settlement of the financial arrangements is often seen as the final step in the break-up of a marriage. Regrettably, in too many cases, the arrangements, which are set out in a ‘family financial order’ (FFO), are not adhered to and the proceedings involved in obtaining enforcement of the orders have been described as ‘hopelessly complex and procedurally tortuous’.
An FFO is often made to meet the needs of children as well as an ex-spouse, and non-payment can cause real hardship to both. In an attempt to simplify the operation of FFOs in England and Wales and improve their effectiveness, the Law Commission has published a consultation paper on their enforcement.
The consultation is designed to take account of ‘the importance of ensuring that the debtor complies with FFOs, including:
Following responses to the consultation, it is hoped that legislation will be brought in during the next session of Parliament, possibly becoming law in 2016.
Source: News feed