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When does a financial order become enforceable? Where both parties have been advised that the judge has approved a consent order but one month later the sealed version from the court is still awaited, what are the consequences for the payer of a lump sum in terms of interest payable to the payee?

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Published on LexisPSL on 28/06/2017

The following Family Q&A provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • When does a financial order become enforceable? Where both parties have been advised that the judge has approved a consent order but one month later the sealed version from the court is still awaited, what are the consequences for the payer of a lump sum in terms of interest payable to the payee?

The difference between a judgment and a sealed order has mainly been considered in case law in the context of appeals. In Stewart v Engel at 524, Sir Christopher Slade observed that: ‘…the time for appeal from a decision of the High Court begins to run from 'the date on which the judgment or order of the court below was sealed or otherwise perfected' (Note however that this case was disapproved in Re L-B, see below).

Family cases where the ‘perfection’ of an order in the family courts has been considered include:

  1. Re L-B (children) (care p

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