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  • Hart Reade Solicitors, specialists in personal legal services and business law.

Divorce and Children

It is essential in matters relating to children to obtain early advice from a specialist and experienced lawyer to ensure your children’s best interests are protected and to ensure a constructive and yet determined approach on your behalf.

Joint Child Custody and Residence

At Hart Reade in Eastbourne, Hailsham, Meads and Polegate in East Sussex, we provide advice and action on deciding on the custody or residence of children. If the divorce is relatively amicable and both parents are capable of taking their share in bringing up the children, we are able to set up agreements for joint child custody and residence. We provide specialist practical advice on arranging contact, in resolving residential/custodial disputes (including shared care arrangements) and deal with contact/access and all other Orders including Parental Responsibility, specific issue orders and prohibited steps orders.

Many cases are capable of agreement following reasoned and sensible advice without the need for Court involvement. We also offer detailed advice on all aspects of mediation or ADR in an effort to avoid Court proceedings and to keep costs to a minimum. Unfortunately there are cases where an application to the Court is necessary and we will be able to represent you in proceedings and will help safeguard the interests of you and your children throughout.

Child Custody and Residence for Fathers

We will help and advise on issues relating to child custody and residence for fathers.

Limitation of Contact and Access

Where appropriate we also advise on the suspension or limitation of contact/access, or alternatively extending contact and access arrangements. We also specialise in the removal of children from the country (both permanently and for holidays), change of schools, change of surname and all matters relating to Parental Responsibility.

Child Maintenance Issues

We advise our clients in respect of financial claims on behalf of children to include maintenance, property and lump sum claims. If parents are unmarried, then property claims on behalf of children are surprisingly common, with many residential parents applying to remain in what was the family home, whilst the child is of minority. We offer specialist advice in respect of these matters and our experience shows us that the majority of those claims are resolved without the need of Court intervention.

Free Legal Appointment

Our Family Department offers a free 30 minute appointment to all clients.

At that appointment we will discuss and review your circumstances and give you preliminary legal advice.

We will also review with you, in general terms, your options in respect of the divorce, finances or children matters and also provide a cost estimate.

The 30 minute appointment will be free of charge and there will be no obligation for you to use our services.

Please telephone the following contact numbers to arrange an appointment:

Eastbourne 01323 727321

Hailsham 01323 841481

Polegate 01323 487051

Meads 01323 407577

We will maintain complete confidentiality and discretion at all times.

Further Legal Information

Click on the links below for further information on the following areas:

Divorce and Family Finance

Civil Partnerships

Pre-Nuptial Agreements

Unmarried Couples


Collaborative Law

Mediation Services

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Representation in Court Proceedings

Our Team

Costs – General Information

Deferring Fees in Divorce

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