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Divorce Solicitors in Sussex

Divorce Solicitors in East Sussex

Which Divorce Lawyer in Sussex do I choose?

Hart Reade are solicitors based in Eastbourne, Meads, Hailsham and Polegate in Sussex and specialise in all areas of law, including divorces, civil partnerships and financial settlements.

The majority of Divorces (including Civil Partnerships) are pursued without the need for any attendance at Court. We aim to agree the Divorce 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.

Our divorce lawyers offer specialist advice on both large and small divorce cases, with different lawyers available to suit your case. We can advise as to the consequences of divorce and separation of cohabitants. Also upon all consequent financial divorce issues including property, investments, pensions and maintenance. Including child support (and the Child Support Agency) and 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.

Solicitors for Divorce Sussex

At Hart Reade, we will assist you 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.

Even though we are based in Eastbourne, Polegate and Hailsham, many of our clients come to us from Bexhill, Battle, Heathfield, Uckfield, Lewes, Seaford and all the surrounding areas in Sussex. This is due to the two parties not being able to use the same divorce solicitor. A lot of our clients also wish to use a solicitor in a totally different area from where they live. A lot of our work comes from these areas and we are also proud to say that we see many clients from in and around Tunbridge Wells in Kent.


Many people do not realise that even though they are divorced, their financial claims against each other could remain open. We therefore recommend securing a binding settlement, documented within a Consent Order, to secure certainty and peace of mind for the future. These documents are often requested for those seeking a clean break. Such arrangements can be difficult to achieve and implement without the assistance of a specialist solicitor.

We will give full advice in respect of ADR and avoid Court proceedings wherever possible, to keep costs to a minimum.  In uncontested cases neither party needs to attend the Court for Divorce or Financial settlements.

Our experienced divorce lawyers 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.

We are specialist Divorce Solicitors in Sussex and experts in all areas of Divorce Law.

Free Family Legal Advice Sussex

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.

If you live in Sussex please telephone the following contact numbers to arrange an appointment:

Eastbourne 01323 727321

Meads 01323 407577

Hailsham 01323 841481

Polegate 01323 487051

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


Mediation Services

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Representation in Court Proceedings

Our Team

Costs – General Information

Deferring Fees in Divorce