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Can a financial consent order, or a final order made by the court, include provision for both parties to each pay lump sums to the other party, ie for there to be two lump sums with different payers and payees in the order?

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Produced in partnership with Paul Infield of The 36 Group
Published on LexisPSL on 02/07/2020

The following Family Q&A Produced in partnership with Paul Infield of The 36 Group provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Can a financial consent order, or a final order made by the court, include provision for both parties to each pay lump sums to the other party, ie for there to be two lump sums with different payers and payees in the order?

The court can make a lump sum order (payable either in one sum or by instalments), a series of lump sum orders or a deferred lump sum order. That power arises under section 23(1)(c) of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 (MCA 1973) which says that the court can make 'an order that either party to the marriage shall pay to the other such lump sum or sums as may be so specified'.

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