Where there is a reasonable degree of co-operation between the spouses, it is possible to resolve all the issues around the finances by entering into a separation agreement (after a separation and before a divorce) to provide a measure of security until the finances are resolved once and for all during a divorce or by entering into a consent order during the divorce stage itself. A consent order is an agreement reached by the husband and the wife with the assistance of their solicitors or through mediation and endorsed into a binding order by the court.