Divorce, Dissolution & Separation

Our Brighton based team of family law solicitors are highly experienced and will work with you to make an informed decision as to whether a divorce, dissolution or formal separation is appropriate for you and if so, when it would be in your interests to start the process.

  • We aim to adopt a non-adversarial approach to resolving matters and encourage use of Mediation and the Collaborative Law
  • We are issue focused and will look to achieve practical and cost-effective solutions.
  • We will consider the options, provide you with guidance and advice and signpost you to relevant third parties, including counsellors to support you through the process.
  • We follow the Resolution Code of Practice and Family Law Protocol.

Your own personal circumstances will generally determine which process will be adopted if you decide that you wish to formally end your relationship.  For example only the dissolution process can formally end a civil partnership and divorce will end a marriage. You and your partner may, however, consider that an informal or a judicial separation may be more appropriate for your particular family. It is often the grounds and facts  that will be relied upon within those proceedings that can be difficult to discuss with your spouse/partner.

What are the options available to discuss and resolve matters with my spouse/partner?

“Kitchen table” – i.e. you and your spouse/partner having informal discussions about what you are going to do. You may need legal advice to see what is the best option for you and your family.

Mediation – you will both meet with a mediator who will facilitate the discussions and then provide a written record of what was discussed, what information was disclosed and what agreement was reached.  This may be particularly helpful when discussing the grounds for the divorce or dissolution for example and you can involve a family consultant in this process.

Collaborative – through one or more meetings with your Collaborative Lawyers set against a background of having identified what you are both looking to achieve, discussions take place and in an open way everyone looks at ways of achieving what you both want. Third parties can be brought in to assist the discussions, such as a family consultant and financial experts.

Do you feel you and your partner could work together, rather than against one another, to consider the options and try and find workable solutions to resolve a family dispute? Our team of family solicitors in Brighton will discuss all the options with you, what we feel would best suit your requirements and the circumstances of your case. We will discuss what the alternatives are likely to cost so you can make an informed decision.

If you would like an appointment with one of our specialists then please contact Miriam our Practice Manager on 01273 646900