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Understanding a Rose Order: A Guide for People Representing Themselves Through Financial Proceedings in Family Court

If you're representing yourself in financial proceedings in family court in England and Wales, you may come across the term "Rose order." This term is usually referred to by the Judge at the dispute resolution stage.

In some cases the term itself might not be used at all, but the order is still implemented, so it’s important to understand the implications of such an order.

This type of order plays an important role in finalising financial agreements made between parties.

What Is a Rose Order?

A Rose order originates from a specific legal case, Rose v. Rose. In this case, the parties reached an agreement during court proceedings, and the Judge expressed approval of the agreed terms. However, there wasn't enough time to create a formal consent order and have it sealed by the court before the court session ended.

Even though the formal consent order wasn't immediately available, the Judge's verbal approval of the agreement essentially made the terms final and binding.

This became known as a Rose order: an order that is considered final and binding even though the official consent order requires completion and sealing.

How Does a Rose Order Affect Your Case?

If you reach an agreement with the other party during court proceedings and the Judge approves it, the agreement may be treated as final even if the formal consent order isn't immediately completed and sealed. This has important implications for your case:

  • Binding Agreement: The Judge's approval of the agreement is treated as a binding order, meaning both parties must adhere to the agreed terms even if the formal paperwork isn't yet complete.

  • Protection of the Agreement: Since the agreement is considered final, it can help prevent either party from changing their mind or trying to renegotiate the terms.

  • Completion of the Consent Order: Although the agreement is binding, you will still need to complete the consent order and have it sealed by the court. This formalises the agreement and ensures it's properly documented.

What Should You Do?

If you find yourself in a situation where a Rose order might apply:

  • Understand the Agreement: Make sure you fully understand the terms of the agreement and how they affect you.

  • Follow the Terms: Since the agreement is binding, be sure to comply with its terms.

  • Complete the Formal Paperwork: Work to finalise the consent order and have it sealed by the court as soon as possible.

  • Seek Legal Advice if Needed: If you need assistance understanding the agreement or completing the paperwork, consider seeking legal advice.


A Rose order is an important concept to be aware of when representing yourself in family court financial proceedings. By understanding how a Rose order works and following its terms, you can help ensure that your agreement is upheld and your case proceeds smoothly.

If you need support or guidance through court for your financial proceedings get in touch.

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