When a relationship breaks down there are many practical things to consider, such as the arrangements for your finances and children. Dealing with these matters can be both legally and emotionally complicated, but clear, sensible legal advice can make things much easier.

At Stephen Rimmer, our friendly, expert divorce solicitors can advise you on your legal rights and the options for dealing with the practical side of your divorce. We can help you to get a fair outcome that protects your interests and keeps conflict to a minimum, allowing you to move on and make a fresh start as soon as possible.

How we can help you with divorce & separation

Our divorce solicitors offer sensible, pragmatic support for matters including:

Why choose our divorce lawyers?

Your needs and what you want to achieve are at the heart of our service. We are here to achieve the best outcome from you by guiding you through the divorce process with tailored legal advice and sympathetic personal support. Our goal is to protect your interests whilst aiming for a resolution in a non-confrontational, constructive and cost effective way.

Our team has achieved Law Society accreditation for Family Mediation and Children Law. We have very high customer satisfaction rates, with a large percentage of our new business coming via recommendations from current and former clients.

Several of our team are members of Resolution, an association of over 5,000 family lawyers focused on removing unnecessary conflict from family law. We follow the Resolution Code of Practice to resolve matters in a constructive, non-confrontational way wherever possible, but our divorce solicitors will always be firm in protecting your interests where required.

Book a free 30-minute consultation with our divorce solicitors in Eastbourne and Hastings

We offer a free, no obligation 30-minute chat with one of our specialist divorce lawyers to all new clients.

To arrange your initial consultation, you can:

Our divorce law services

Initiating & responding to divorce proceedings

Dealing with divorce petitions and the other legal steps involved in ending your marriage can be stressful and off-putting. Getting the details right can make a big difference to how quickly and smoothly your divorce goes ahead.

Our friendly divorce lawyers can help with every part of divorce proceedings, including:

  • Preparing & submitting divorce petitions
  • Selecting which reasons to use in your divorce petition for the breakdown of your relationship
  • Responding to a divorce petition from your spouse
  • Applying for the decree nisi & decree absolute
  • Defended divorce proceedings

We can also advise you on divorce proceedings where there has been a history of domestic violence.

Our Divorce Solicitors can now apply online to end a marriage or civil partnership on behalf of our clients. If you would prefer to deal with matters online, which can speed up the process, speak to one of our solicitors today.

Divorce financial settlements

Separating your finances during divorce is often the most technically challenging issue to resolve, but with our high level of experience in these matters, we can usually achieve a fair settlement without the need for court proceedings.

Our expertise includes all aspects of divorce finances, including:

  • Deciding what happens to your family home
  • Second homes, holiday homes & other additional properties
  • Pensions sharing
  • Savings, shares & investments
  • Business ownership
  • International assets

Our team is experienced in dealing with pre and post-nuptial agreements, so can advise on their application during divorce.

Find out more about our divorce financial settlements services.

Arrangements for children

Where you have children, divorce can be particularly tough, with the need to balance your children’s best interests against your rights as a parent. We can help you find the best way forward, keeping your children’s wellbeing at the forefront at all times.

Our experience includes:

  • Voluntary child arrangements
  • Applying for Child Arrangement Orders
  • Dealing with specific issues, such as schooling
  • Relocating with children after divorce

Divorce mediation

Mediation is now the most common way to make decisions about finances and children during divorce and separation. Couples typically prefer mediation to court proceedings because it allows matters to be dealt with faster, with less conflict and significantly lower legal costs.

Our team includes several trained mediators who can meet with you and your former partner to work through any practical issues connected to your divorce that you need to sort out.

The process usually takes place over three-five meetings in which you will be encouraged to talk through the issues you need to resolve and any points of disagreement, then work towards amicable solutions to those issues. The mediator’s role is to act as a neutral third party to advise on any points of law, defuse any potential for conflict and keep the sessions productive.

Our divorce advice pricing

We want to offer high quality legal advice for a fair price, so work hard to keep our costs down, so we can keep our pricing competitive while maintaining the very best service for our clients.

Fixed fee divorce services

We are able to handle some parts of the divorce process on a fixed fee basis, such as preparing divorce petitions and holding individual sessions of mediation. This means you will know the cost of dealing with a specific matter in advance.

Hourly rates for divorce advice

For more complex matters where ongoing support is required, we will typically charge according to an hourly rate that depends on the level of expertise required. We will tell you the hourly rates charged by everyone we expect to work on your case and give a realistic estimate of your likely overall costs.

Find out more about our hourly rates and the way we charge for our work.

Divorce FAQs

What are the grounds for divorce?

There is only one ground when it comes to divorce in England and Wales, and that is the irretrievable breakdown of a marriage. However, the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage must be proved by one of five facts. These facts are:

  • Adultery (does not apply to civil partnership dissolution)
  • Unreasonable behaviour
  • Desertion for at least two years
  • Separation for at least two years (both parties must consent)
  • Separation for at least five years (only one party needs to consent)

The current law places blame on the respondent (the spouse responding to a divorce petition), but this is due to change in April 2022 with the introduction of no-fault divorce.

The five facts to prove the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage will cease to exist, with only the statement of the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage being sufficient for the divorce to be granted. The new law allows married couples to apply for a divorce together without the need for blame to be placed on either party involved.

How do you file for divorce?

Filing for divorce can be done either online through the GOV.UK website or via post using a divorce application form D8. There are a couple of details that you’ll need in order to make the application. These details will include:

  • Your spouse’s full name and address
  • Your original marriage certificate or a legitimate and certified copy
  • Proof of maiden name change if applicable

The application fee will cost £593 for you to apply for divorce.

For more information on how to apply for divorce, see the GOV.UK page.

How long does a divorce take?

Each divorce will vary in time frame due to different factors. Most usually, a straightforward divorce will average between four to six months.

The factors that might affect when a divorce is finalised include:

  • Whether your spouse agrees to the divorce
  • The fact you use for the divorce
  • How long it takes to reach a financial settlement
  • How long it takes to make child arrangements
  • Whether the divorce requires court

What am I entitled to in a divorce?

The common misconception around divorce is that each party will receive a 50/50 split. Instead, certain factors set out in the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 will be taken into consideration by the court when making their decision, including:

  • The financial needs of a child under the age of 18
  • The family’s standard of living enjoyed before the marriage breakdown
  • Any physical or mental disabilities
  • The contributions either party made or is likely to make
  • The age of each party
  • The income, earning capacity, property either party is likely to have in the foreseeable future

Who pays for divorce?

When a divorce is filed, the petitioner pays an application fee. However, depending on certain circumstances, the petitioner can ask the respondent to pay for some or all of the costs, for example:

  • Both parties want to share the costs
  • The divorce is contested
  • The fact used was adultery, unreasonable behaviour or desertion

Speak to our divorce solicitors in Eastbourne and Hastings

From our offices in Eastbourne, our divorce solicitors work with clients all across East Sussex, including in Hastings, Bexhill-on-Sea, Hailsham, Polegate, Battle, Pevensey and St Leonards-on-Sea.

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