Reform of the law of enforcement of family financial orders

Each year thousands of separating couples apply to the courts for financial orders. Sometimes these orders are not complied with. The law of enforcement of family financial orders is a complicated area, contained in a range of legislation and court rules. It can then be difficult for parties, particularly litigants in person, to recover the money they are owed. This can lead to significant hardship both for the parties and for their children.


On 15 December 2016 we published our recommendations for reforming the law in this area.

Our recommendations are designed to create an effective system that produces compliance with court orders in a way that is fair to both the creditor and the debtor.