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Please note that all in-office appointments are by pre-arrangement only.

Office address

Room 525 Mocatta House
Trafalgar Pl
Brighton
BN1 4DU

Postal address

Stowe Family Law LLP
5th Floor
Minerva House
29 E Parade
Leeds
LS1 5PS

Successful divorce lawyers & family solicitors in Brighton

The family law team in Brighton is led by Managing Partner Emma Newman and Senior Associate Gemma Thew, who are supported by Solicitor Harriet Donovan and Legal Assistant Megan Hearsey. Our family law partners’ experience is second-to-none, ensuring we deliver a completely accurate service to help you through the legal and emotional difficulties involved in your family law case.

We are highly-experienced in the complexities faced by individuals and families who are dealing with family law issues, including complex financial disputes. Our specialist family solicitors are constantly working to resolve complex financial matters, in which multiple assets are involved. We also provide practical advice and services when it comes to child family law, including child living arrangements, and how they spend time with their parents after the divorce has been finalised.

Our family law partners, solicitors and chartered legal executive team have quickly built a reputation as a specialist family law firm in Brighton, and the best family law solicitors in East Sussex.

Our wide range of clients include high-net-worth families with substantial assets, income, investments and international assets, to professional families and stay-at-home parents in the Brighton area. For more information from our experienced family law department, don’t hesitate to get in touch today.

Working with you – Collaborative law Brighton

At Stowe Family Law Brighton, we take the time to listen to your unique circumstances, and offer bespoke, honest advice and support to help you face whatever life is throwing at you. We are focused on finding the right solution for you and your family’s well being. Our team of family lawyers in Brighton are dedicated to helping our clients get through one of the most difficult periods of their lives.

Whether you’re struggling to get through a difficult divorce, resolving family disputes or even if you only need family law advice, our experienced team of family lawyers are here for you.

Financial disputes and settlements – Family solicitors Brighton

Stowe’s Brighton team is supported by a complete range of other specialists, including accountants, to provide an accurate picture of your situation. We will discover all relevant assets, with the goal of creating a fair financial settlement for all parties involved.

Our family law partners and solicitors have extensive experience when it comes to all aspects of divorce or civil partnership dissolution finances, including tax, property, valuations, accounts, pensions and other assets.

Whether you’re concerned about financial settlements during your family law case, or you’re worried your former partner is taking advantage of you, don’t hesitate to get in touch today. Our team of family lawyers have extensive experience when it comes to Brighton and Hove law, and we will work to help you achieve a fair result.

Our team of Brighton family lawyers

Emma Newman
Having been through a divorce myself, I understand the emotional issues and the need to su...
Managing Partner, Esher, Guildford & Brighton
Niamh McCarthy
My approach is to put my clients at ease from the outset and take time to discuss their ob...
Partner, Esher, Guildford & Brighton
Gemma Artus
With experience in all areas of family law, including divorce and private child matters, I...
Senior Associate, Esher, Reigate & Brighton
Sarah Hodges
I work across all areas of family law including divorce, financial and children issues wit...
Senior Associate, Esher, Guildford, Reigate & Brighton
Gemma Thew
Gemma joined Stowe in October 2021 to launch the opening of their first Sussex office in B...
Senior Associate, Brighton
Nicola Beasley
Nicola joined Stowe Family Law’s Esher office as a Solicitor in 2021
Solicitor, Esher, Guildford & Brighton
Harriet Donovan
I am experienced in all areas of family law with a focus on challenging and emotionally ch...
Solicitor, Esher, Reigate & Brighton

Brighton family law solicitors – on your side, in and out of court

No matter what you’re facing as a family, in whatever shape your family takes, we are here to help. Our Brighton and Hove law team will offer accurate and understandable family law advice, in addition to practical and legal support through the process.

Whether you’re going through a divorce, or a civil partnership dissolution – or even if you require experts in child law – we are here for you. Your collaborative lawyer will work with you to protect your interests and your family.

We will listen, advise and guide you through the legal and practical process of divorce and other family matters. Ideally, we will work to settle out of court but are equally experienced in litigation and have a strong, robust approach and an excellent record of success.

Alternatives to court are centered around the dialogue between spouses and their solicitor or solicitors. Proven methods include family mediation and arbitration, which can be explained to you at the initial consultation. We can even provide a family mediator to help you avoid court proceedings wherever possible.

Helping you before, during and after separation

Stowe’s Brighton and Hove Law team are highly experienced when it comes to advising and acting in all aspects of family law. Your supportive team will be composed of a collaborative lawyer and, if required, a chartered legal executive, accounts and other members of the legal profession.

We are highly experienced in advising and acting in all aspects of family law with a particular focus on resolving complex financial matters and protecting the welfare of children during a separation or divorce. Our clients range from high-net-worth individuals with complex financial circumstances to local professionals with more straightforward matters.

Asset protection

Whether you wish to protect your wealth or want to ensure your financial future is secured, our family solicitors in Brighton work hand-in-hand with our in-house accountancy team to obtain the best representation and outcome. Whether your assets are based in Brighton and Hove, East Sussex, the UK or even internationally, we are here for you.

Stowe is monitored by the law society, ensuring we deliver a consistent, excellent service to all our clients.

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Visit our Brighton family law solicitors

We can be found at Room 525 in Mocatta House on Trafalgar Pl, just a five minute walk from Brighton train station. If travelling by car, use the A23 then turn onto the A270. The nearest car parks include Sainsbury’s and London Road Car Park.

Easily accessible from the South East of England, we give expert guidance on divorce and separation to clients in Brighton, across the county of East Sussex as well as Worthing, Newhaven, Eastbourne, Haywards Heath and other surrounding areas.

Our phone lines are open from 8:30am – 7pm, Monday to Friday.
and 9am – 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.

  • Understanding what you're going through

  • Making family law easier to grasp

  • Helping to take the strain

  • Tailoring our services for you and your circumstances

Our family law and divorce expertise in Brighton

  • Starting the divorce process

    The person initiating the divorce submits a divorce application to the court and is thereafter known as the Applicant. If your ex-partner has already done that, then you will be referred to as the Respondent. The divorce process requires different actions of Applicants and Respondents at different times, and there are strategic implications for both, especially if one of you lives overseas.

  • How long your divorce is likely to take?

    In England & Wales, for straightforward divorce cases, the process can take between 6 – 8 months. On average, the whole process takes approximately one year. Longer than 12 months is common for cases where there are drawn out disagreements on child and financial matters. It is impossible to predict exactly how long a divorce will take, though a good a divorce lawyer will help give you an educated estimate.

    Here at Stowe Family Law, we will do everything we can to expedite the process, while ensuring that every step of the process adheres to Bright and Hove law.

  • How much your divorce is likely to cost?

    The cost of a divorce includes the court fee (currently £593) and the costs of the solicitors who assist the parties with the divorce process if they are instructed.

    The person applying for the divorce (the applicant) will be responsible for covering the court fee. If the application is a joint one, applicant 1 will pay the court fee. 

    It is important to note that costs relating to the divorce are different from those incurred in negotiating a financial settlement and/or child arrangements.

  • Who gets the children in a divorce?

    Child arrangements depend largely on what the family decides, the suitability of each parent, the child’s wishes and where applicable, the ruling of a family court Judge and social services. Resulting arrangements can include sole custody, where one parent is the sole caretaker of the child, joint custody and third-party custody where a third party such as a grandparent becomes responsible for the child’s welfare.

    At Stowe, we specialise in working out and providing creative, bespoke solutions to ensure a fair child arrangement order as part of your separation agreement, which puts the childrens’ welfare first. If you’re looking for a collaborative process during your child arrangement process, our experienced team of family law and divorce solicitors are here to support you.

    We can also collaborate with social services where required, to ensure that your children are protected throughout this process. Social services can often make judgements based on the child’s behaviour, attitudes towards each parent, and their parents’ lifestyles. Here at Stowe, a collaborative lawyer from our team will ensure that social services have access to a;; the information, to make the right judgment call for your child’s wellbeing.

  • Cohabitation disputes in Brighton and Hove

    Stowe Family Law offers legal support for cohabitation dispute resolution and cohabitation agreements. Our team of separation solicitors in Brighton and the surrounding areas can guide you through the legal process and help you to resolve a wide range of family issues related to housing. Our family department can work with you to ensure cohabitation agreements are reached which benefit all parties, including any children involved.

  • Can Stowe Family Law help with ex pat divorce?

    Stowe’s solicitors in Brighton can provide divorce services for expats across the world. Our Brighton and Hove solicitors offer a collaborative process to represent clients from across the world. Whether you’re going through an ex pat civil partnership relationship breakdown, or an international divorce, our experienced team is here to help.

  • Is Stowe monitored by the Solicitors Regulation Authority?

    Yes, we are! We are members of the Law Society, hold specialist law society accreditation and are monitored by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. As law society members, we are held to, and exceed, an extremely high standard of service for all our clients.

    As members of the law society in East Sussex, we provide legal advice and support to meet all Brighton and Hove law requirements. We also offer the same high standard of service across West Sussex and the surrounding areas. For more information on our complete range of services, monitored by the law society and independent third party reviews, don’t hesitate to get in touch today.

  • Will Stowe help with business assets?

    Yes, we will. If there are commercial assets which will be impacted by your divorce or separation, our experienced team is here to help. We can work with you to resolve all manner of domestic and financial issues that your separation might incur. Our legal service is a collaborative process with yourself, your ex partner and their legal team. We will work on resolving matters in a fair and equitable manney, while still protecting your assets.

    As part of our legal services, we prefer to achieve out-of-court settlements where possible. That being said, we are happy to represent clients from across Brighton, Hove, East and West Sussex, and work to resolve any commercial or financial issues that your divorce or separation will cause.

  • I signed a prenuptial agreement - Can Stowe still help me?

    Of course! Our team of family law specialists offer a complete service, and we can often offer advice on your pre-nuptial agreements, and even help you put together post-nuptial agreements where required. Your collaborative lawyer will do everything in their power to help you achieve a fair and even distribution of assets between yourself and your partner.

    For specialist family law services in Brighton, Hove and the surrounding areas, don’t hesitate to get in touch today.

  • Are separation agreements legally binding?

    Separation agreements are typically a bespoke document which you and your partner will put together once you’ve decided not to live together. These separation agreements typically cover a range of financial issues and can include family mediation requirements.

    If there are any assets which aren’t covered by a prenuptial agreement but which are of particular interest to one or either party, they are often mentioned in the separation agreement too.

  • What are the costs involved with Stowe's Brighton office?

    The costs involved when it comes to using our specialist family law services depend on a range of factors, including the length and complexity of the case. In most cases, a more complex case will require more work and, as such, require a higher legal fee. That’s one of the reasons we choose to settle out-of-court wherever possible – it helps to keep fees as low as possible, and ensures civility between yourself and your ex partner, without requiring lengthy litigation.

    Stowe’s Brighton and Hove office offers significantly more reasonable rates than large London firms, without compromising in service or results. Each office is supported by our national framework of accountants and legal executives, meaning you’ll receive a complete support network, with genuine legal advice for your bespoke situation.

  • My relationship involved domestic abuse - Can Stowe's family lawyers help?

    If you’ve suffered domestic abuse in your relationship, or you’re being unfairly accused of abuse, we can help you. Our experienced team, members of the law society, offer a supportive and collaborative service to help you escape a potentially dangerous or threatening relationship. For a complete service from a specialist family lawyer in Brighton, Hove or the surrounding areas, don’t hesitate to get in touch today.

  • Your entitlement to the family home

    As a starting point in a divorce, assets are split 50:50. As the family home is often the largest asset in the matrimonial pot, then it is common for it to be split between the parties. If a family has other assets, then the house could be given to one party and the other assets to the other. Children are another factor that affects financial arrangements during a divorce.

    To answer this question accurately, a comprehensive understanding will be required of your family finances. Stowe’s local team of divorce solicitors will work with you to achieve a clear understanding of your domestic finances and assets, and ensure that the separation agreement is fair to all parties involved.

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