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01273 568542

You can call us from 8:30am – 7pm, Monday to Friday and 9am – 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.

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

Office address

Room 525 Mocatta House
Trafalgar Pl

Postal address

Stowe Family Law LLP
Old Court House
Raglan St

DX 11969 Harrogate

Successful divorce lawyers & family solicitors in Brighton

The family law team in Brighton is led by Managing Partner Emma Newman and Senior Solicitor Gemma Thew, who are supported by Solicitor Harriet Donovan and Legal Assistant Megan Hearsey.

We are highly experienced in the complexities faced by individuals and families dealing with a family law issue. We’re constantly working with clients to resolve complex financial matters with multiple assets and provide advice concerning child living arrangements and how they spend their time with parents post-divorce. Our team are rapidly building a reputation of being not just the best lawyers in Brighton, but the best solicitors in East Sussex.

Our clients range from high-net-worth families with substantial assets, income and investments to professional families and stay at home parents in the Brighton area.

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 Solicitor, Esher, Reigate & Brighton
Sarah Hodges
I work across all areas of family law including divorce, financial and children issues wit...
Senior Solicitor, Esher, Guildford, Reigate & Brighton
Gemma Thew
Gemma joined Stowe in October 2021 to launch the opening of their first Sussex office in B...
Senior Solicitor, 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 solicitors – on your side, in and out of court

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 track record.

Alternatives to court are centred around the dialogue between spouses and their solicitor or solicitors. Proven methods include mediation and arbitration, which can be explained to you at the initial consultation.

Helping you before, during and after separation

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.

What our clients say

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 and uncontested divorce cases, the process can take between 4 – 6 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.

  • How much your divorce is likely to cost

    In England & Wales, a divorce costs £593 for the application, plus any solicitor fees and court fees (if applicable). Going to court tends to make divorce more expensive due to court, barrister and additional solicitor fees.

    The cleanest and most cost-effective divorces are those where both parties reach an agreement on how to divorce including: the reason for divorce, arrangements for children and the division of assets. Doing so will minimise the amount of solicitor time and the possibility of litigation in court.

  • 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. 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.

  • 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.


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