Family Lore Clinic: What is the difference between a consent order and a financial order?

A straightforward one this week.

Technically, a 'consent order' is any order that is made 'by consent', i.e. with the agreement of both parties.

However, the term 'consent order' is most often used to refer to orders setting out the agreed financial/property settlement on divorce. Used in this way, therefore, a consent order is a financial order, although obviously the term 'financial order' can also refer to orders that are not made with the agreement of the parties - i.e. orders imposed by the court.