A family law consent order is a formal written arrangement to settle divorce matters outside of court. The two individuals who are divorcing can negotiate a family law consent order together and sign it to finalize decisions about the divorce. The parties lawyers help them work out the family details. Parental responsibilities and financial responsibilities can be decided in detail. This allows custody decisions to be clearly written out. Each party will be certain of their parental responsibility. Financial compensation can also be clearly defined. This may include maintenance of a spouse and alimony for children.

Every family aspect of the divorce can be negotiated and listed within the family law consent order. Property and possessions can be included and divided according to the wishes of the two parties involved. The two parties can sift through everything that is owned within the relationship. Negotiating out of court can allow the two parties to settle on their own terms. The two parties must make sure that they agree with everything within the consent order.

After a family law consent order has been signed by both parties, the court must approve the order. When the court finds the order acceptable, the consent order will be legally binding. A family law consent order that has been made final is just as binding as a court order. The established consent order can only be changed under limited circumstances.

A family law consent order is an attractive option because it saves time and money for both parties. Court hearings require all parties to be present for their defense. Families can be tied up in court for months during the hearing. All family members feel the stress during these months. Financially, this time can be difficult because of money lost from being at court instead of work. Legal fees increase when lawyers and judges go over every detail to ensure a fair division of everything during a divorce hearing. Family members will feel the stress of being interviewed. Waiting for a final decision can be difficult for all involved. By negotiating and signing a family law consent order, both parties free themselves from extra court fees and time lost in a courtroom. A family law consent order can be a more peaceful solution for the family.