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There are lots of decisions to be made upon divorce and QualitySolicitors Howlett Clarke can assist you every step of the way. Our approachable legal advisors Hannah and Henna can give advice on many points including;

  • Whether you should make a claim for costs;
  • What sort of behaviour constitutes unreasonable behaviour;
  • How to serve the petition on someone when you do not know where they are.

Grounds for Divorce

Divorce proceedings can only be issued if the petitioner believes that the marriage has irretrievably broken down. Once the petitioner has decided that this is the situation then there are five options for them to choose from in order to evidence the South East Divorce centre at Berry St Edmonds county court that the marriage has irretrievably broken down.

They are:

  • Adultery
  • Unreasonable behaviour
  • Two years separation with the consent of the other party
  • Desertion
  • Five years separation

It is not possible to start divorce proceedings within the first year of marriage, however, if you need to consider a separation at this stage please do contact us at either our Brighton or Southwick office because we can still advise you on the best course of action in the meantime.

Please to be aware that just getting a decree absolute within divorce proceedings does not prevent an ex-spouse from making financial claims against you or your estate in the future. Where there are financial issues to be resolved it is strongly recommended that you take legal advice before you finalise the divorce proceedings.

Our aim at Howlett Clarke is to give clear, approachable advice so that our clients are aware of all the options open to them whenever they have to make a decision.

You may also need advice with regard to issues arising from the divorce proceedings; most often about your children or financial matters. Howlett Clarke can help you with these concerns.

Please get in touch via telephone at 01273 838 756 or at


Team members

Hannah Millrain
Associate Solicitor & Head of Family Law
Louise Doyle
Legal Secretary
Henna Ehsan
Associate Solicitor
Sarah Hannaford
Legal Secretary

News and media

  • News
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      So, it’s October and the new school year is now well under way. My youngest has just started school and almost immediately returned home with a form requesting my permission for him to receive a flu immunisation at school. Most parents, by the time their children go to school, already pretty much know where they stand in terms of whether they will have their children immunised or not. But, as school flu immunisations are a fairly new thing (even newer is that the nasal spray now comes in a choice of flavours, such as Milky Way!), it did make me think a little more about it.
      Posted in: Family, Children
    • Posted on September 14, 2017
      On 4 September 2017 the International Family Law Arbitration Scheme was launched. I therefore thought I would compare the different forms of alternative dispute resolution that are available.
    • Posted on May 12, 2017
      Within the remit of Family Law the idea of an amicable divorce is something that has been discussed more and more in recent years. Nigel Shepherd who is the Chairman of Resolution (an organisation of family lawyers that campaigns for and seeks better ways to divorce) has called on political parties to commit to a no fault divorce in their manifestos ahead of the general election on 8th June.
  • Blog
    • Posted on January 2, 2018
      Happy New Year from everyone at Howlett Clarke!

      New Year can be a time for reflection. We all have a list of things we need to get around to but also grand plans for what we would like to do in the future.
    • Posted on November 13, 2017
      Christmas is fast approaching and while the rest of the world is getting busier and busier, I have to be honest and say that as a divorce lawyer this is often my quietest time.
    • Posted on June 27, 2017
      How to pick up the pieces and build a happy new life by Vivienne Smith.

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