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Civil Partnerships


Whether you are just at the stage of thinking about divorce or dissolution of civil partnership and wanting some initial advice or you’re definitely in need of a lawyer to represent you, we offer a range of services to help from our ‘Free Initial Assessment’ through to full representation.

Here at Barwells we aim to deal with divorces or dissolution of civil partnerships as amicably as possible.  We do so by seeking to agree the contents of the Divorce/Dissolution Petition with your spouse or civil partner before any formal action is taken.  Even in the most difficult of cases, it will be very unlikely that you will be required to attend Court.

Dissolution also covers a vast range of circumstances – from everything being completely agreed through to, sadly, quite bitter and acrimonious court proceedings. Our divorce lawyers are experts and can help whatever your position.  Getting the right lawyer is vital – the level of legal knowledge and expertise can make a real difference to the outcome and their levels of customer service can make a real difference to the experience. Barwells specialist, local divorce lawyers excel on both fronts and will work to get the absolute best outcome for you.

Finances on Dissolution of Civil Partnerships

Dealing with finances on divorce or dissolution is often referred to as Ancillary Relief.  This covers all sorts of issues that arise when determining how matrimonial assets are to be divided such as what will happen with the family home or any other property, whether spousal maintenance should be paid to one party, pensions, investments, child maintenance and, on some occasions, debt.  Our family law team are experts in advising on financial settlements on dissolution.    

How are financial matters on dissolution resolved?

Financial matters on divorce or dissolution can be resolved a number of ways.  This may be through mediation, entering into full and frank financial disclosure or Court proceedings.  At Barwells, we are keen to avoid the latter if possible so as to limit the costs you may incur.   We will be able to assist and advice you in reaching a financial settlement that is tailored to meet your individual needs. 

It is important to know that a party’s financial claims against their husband or wife are not dismissed just through getting a dissolution.  We would recommend that your financial settlement is made binding by entering into a Consent Order so that you have the security and reassurance of knowing that you have a binding Financial Order.  Consent Orders are very common for parties seeking a clean break from one another, even where there are no notable matrimonial assets to divide.  A clean break is the dismissal of all claims each party has against the other both now and in the future.  Our specialist family lawyers are experts on preparing and advising on such agreements.  We also specialists on preparing and advising on Separation Agreements in cases where parties may not be ready for dissolution right away but need to deal with financial matters in the interim.      

Our divorce lawyers in Eastbourne, Hailsham, Seaford, Newhaven and Peacehaven in East Sussex all have the experience required to be able to provide you with reliable, detailed and relevant legal advice on matters relating to dissolution.  We often have clients instruct us who are based in the surrounding areas such as Brighton, Lewes, Uckfield, Heathfield, Bexhill and Battle.

Free Legal Advice

At Barwells we use plain English - not legal jargon. We will explain everything in a way that is clear and easy to understand. We also offer free initial advice and will explain the costs and timescales involved up front so you always know your options and what to expect. So for friendly, confidential advice about dissolution, contact us today on 01323 875027 to speak to one of our family law solicitors, lawyers or legal executives.

Team members

Holly Chandler
Solicitor, Family
Josh Elliott-Noye
Associate, Chartered Legal Executive, Family
Josh Davey
Legal Assistant, Family
Kayleigh Dowty
Solicitor, Family

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