Civil Partnerships

The majority of Divorces (including Civil Partnerships) are pursued without the need for any attendance at Court. We aim to agree the Divorce or Dissolution Petition with your spouse or civil partner at the outset and more often than not cases are resolved amicably and by agreement. This can be achieved even in the most difficult of cases.

We offer specialist advice on both large and small cases, with different lawyers available to suit your case. The solicitors at Hart Reade can advise as to the consequences of divorce, dissolution and separation of cohabitants. Upon all of these, the consequent financial issues; including property, investments, pensions, maintenance including child maintenance (and the Child Maintenance Service). As well as spousal maintenance payments or maintenance (including clean breaks) and tax issues etc. We are able to advise in respect of transfers of property, lump sum payments and pension sharing Orders.

Legal Rights for Civil Partnerships

The financial aspects of a divorce or dissolution (formerly known as ‘Ancillary Relief’ or ‘Financial Provision’) range from simple to complex. Every case is different as with each client’s individual objectives.

We will assist you with your legal rights for civil partnerships, in negotiating a settlement or represent you in formal proceedings (known as an application for a Financial Order) if required. We also advise upon agreeing and securing Consent Orders or Separation Agreements.

Our experienced lawyers based in Eastbourne, Polegate or Hailsham in East Sussex will give you clear and practical advice with the focus on keeping costs to a minimum and ensure matters are dealt with amicably and swiftly. There are many unforeseen pitfalls and family law can be a complex and confusing area. We have the expertise to assist you and avoid the many hazards by giving clear advice to give you the best possible outcome in line with your objectives.

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.

Get in touch

If you wish to speak to any of the family law team about subjects such as civil partnerships, divorce, financial resolution, or anything else relating to family matters, then please get in touch. You can call us on one of the numbers below to arrange an appointment or please fill in the form below and someone will get in touch.

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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.

Please note the above is for information purposes only and is intended to be a short summary.  It should not be treated as a comprehensive guide and should not be acted on without qualified legal advice.

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