1. Getting a financial agreement

You and your ex-partner can choose how to work out money and property issues if you divorce or end a civil partnership.

You can usually avoid going to court hearings if you agree how to split your money and property.

You can use a solicitor to make your agreement legally binding.

You can agree on child maintenance at the same time or separately.

The rules are different if you weren’t married or in a civil partnership. You’ll still have to agree on child maintenance payments for any children.

What you can do is different in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Get help agreeing

You can:

If you can’t agree on everything

You can ask a court to decide anything you can’t agree after mediation or getting other help.

You must show you’ve attended a meeting to see if mediation is right for you before applying to a court. You won’t have to in certain cases, for example if there’s been domestic abuse or social services are involved.

Find a solicitor if you want legal advice. You can’t get legal aid to help with court costs unless you’re separating from an abusive partner.

The Sorting Out Separation website has information about money and housing when you separate. You can also contact Citizens Advice for advice about what to do in your situation.