Family law and divorce court orders

We can provide legal advice and support you with court applications for court orders and injunctions.

Court orders for children / child custody

Child arrangement order – a court order for child residence, living arrangements and contact with the non-resident parent, grandparents, step parents or non-parents. For more information see child custody.

Specific issue order – a court order for parental responsibility matters including where the child goes to school, medical treatment, religious upbringing and taking children out of the UK.

Prohibited steps order – a court order to prevent one parent from permanently removing the child from the UK, prevent medical treatment or prevent associations with people of adverse influence.

Residence order – a court order to settle who the child should live with.


Non molestation order – an order to prevent a partner or ex from intimidating, harassing, threatening or using violence against you or children.

Occupation order – an order that names who has the legal right to live, return or to be barred from a family home.

Divorce financial orders

Clean break order – an order for couples getting a divorce or already divorced who wish to terminate their mutual financial obligations as a married couple. When the clean break order is granted by the court neither person can make a financial claim against the other in the future. How much does a clean break order cost?

Consent order – this type of order is exactly the same as a clean break order, but it's for couples who are getting divorced or are already divorced and do have financial assets which are to be divided. The couple can either agree what is to be stated in the consent order or if they don’t agree they can apply to the court for the court to decide who gets what. Once the consent order is granted it prohibits either person from making a financial claim against the other in the future.

Pension sharing order – an order to set out what happens to your pensions after you divorce or dissolve your civil partnership. The court will issue this order and it will outline exactly how much each person will receive from the other person's pension. It will be outlined as a percentage.

Maintenance order – an order to outline any payments that must be made from one person to the other after divorce or civil partnership dissolution. This is separate to child maintenance and is the money that one person pays to the other to help them manage financially. This can often be one of the most contentious issues in a divorce.

Mesher order – a court order that governs how the family home will be dealt with after divorce. See mesher orders explained.

The court has to decide if there is the possibility of a ‘clean break’ after divorce, or if one of the couple needs to supplement the income of the other if they are not as financially well off as the other person. This can be true if a promising career was given up to care for children, for example.

If there is a need to pay maintenance, a maintenance order will be put in place. If not, a clean break order will be issued. This means there is no financial responsibility for the other person apart from any child maintenance that is paid.

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Family solicitor fees for court orders

Our fixed hourly family solicitors fee for assisting you and preparing the application to the court for a court order starts from £210 per hour including VAT. We will agree our family solicitors fee with you before any work starts.

Once we have provided you with a written quote for the agreed work to be done, that price will not change.

In addition to our fee a court fee is payable to the court when the application is submitted. Some individuals on low income may be entitled to a reduction in court fees. More information on this can be found on

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About Co-op Legal Services

The family law team at Co-op Legal Services includes specialist family solicitors, divorce solicitors and children law solicitors with Resolution accreditation and accredited experts in child abduction, co-habitation, domestic abuse, property disputes, high net worth money matters and financial advocacy.

Resolution is a national organisation of family lawyers committed to non-confrontational divorce, separation and other family problems.

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