A Consent order is an order made by a Court without either of the parties attending. A Consent order can be used to formalise a property settlement, spousal maintenance agreement, parenting arrangements, or all three. It is an administrative process but has the same effect of an order made by a Judge after a trial. The Court must approve the order and be satisfied, on the paperwork provided, that the order is reasonable and practicable. While independent legal advice is not strictly necessary for Consent orders, both parties must be aware of their right to obtain independent legal advice and must have considered the relevant parts of the Family Law Act.