Enforcement of financial orders
Produced in partnership with David Salter, deputy High Court judge and Recorder
Enforcement of financial orders

The following Family practice note produced in partnership with David Salter, deputy High Court judge and Recorder provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Enforcement of financial orders
  • General principles
  • Costs
  • Interest payable on financial orders
  • Automatic interest: Family Court
  • Automatic interest: High Court
  • Hadkinson orders

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This Practice Note details initial considerations when considering the enforcement of a financial order made in family proceedings, including the applicable rules for each method of enforcement. It also provides guidance on orders that may be made where a party is in contempt, such as a Hadkinson order, and when interest may be payable in relation to a financial order.

General principles

It may be necessary to enforce part or all of an order made within financial proceedings and regard should be had to requirements for leave and limitation periods, see Practice Note: Limitations on enforcement.

Where an order

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