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Financial remedy proceedings can be brought to a close either through a consent order reached between the parties at any stage of the proceedings and then approved by the judge, or by an order following a final hearing. In either circumstance, the powers of the court are circumscribed by the provisions of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 (MCA 1973).
A court can make an order for periodical payments and secured periodical payments; lump sum; property adjustment and pension sharing or attachment orders.
The court has no power to make orders outside those provisions save as is expressly provided for within the MCA 1973 (such as the power to make an order for sale on the making of a property adjustment order, and consequential directions that arise).
For this reason it is commonly the case that the court will provide in an order for recitals and undertakings agreed and offered between the parties. These are volu
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