Brighton Divorce Solicitors

Are you thinking of getting divorced? We are Brighton-based Divorce Solicitors with a first-class reputation for providing outstanding personal support to our clients while fighting to protect their interests. Whether you need a solicitor who will protect your finances or work diligently to deliver a fair outcome, we will work confidentially and efficiently to provide the best possible result. Our solicitors take the time to know each client personally and understand their individual sensitivities and concerns.

If you need to speak to a Divorce Solicitor now, call our team confidentially on 01273 604 123 or email

“It has been a very stressful time recently during my divorce and financial settlement, but the way I’ve been treated and advised by Burt Brill & Cardens has been overwhelmingly satisfying. I’ve been in good hands every step of the way, but it’s the friendly human attitude that makes them different amongst the rest and that’s a calming and reassuring feeling.”

How do I get a Divorce?

The rules around Divorce are set to change in 2021 when the new no-fault Divorce law comes into effect. Until then, it is necessary to prove that a breakdown has occurred using one of the following options:

  • Your spouse has committed adultery.
  • Your spouse has behaved in such a way that the you cannot reasonably be expected to live with them.
  • Your spouse has ‘deserted’ you for at least two years.
  • You have lived apart for up to two years.

A petition for Divorce cannot be presented to the Court until you have been married for a year. In legal terms, the person filing for Divorce is called ‘the petitioner’ and the other half of the relationship is called ‘the respondent’.

Do I need to go to Court to get a Divorce?

Not every couple will need to go to Court to get a Divorce. If both of you are able to reach a mutual agreement, your solicitors can draw up a Consent Order which will make your agreement legally binding. While the Court must approve the agreement, it will not need to involve itself in the process of making the Consent Order.

We strongly recommend you seek legal advice from an experienced Divorce Solicitor to make sure that you are guided on the reasonableness of any terms proposed by your ex-partner.

The Court will become involved if ‘the respondent’, the person who did not file for Divorce, disputes the Divorce or if the two parties cannot come to a mutual agreement on the terms for the Divorce.

What does a Divorce Solicitor do?

Every Divorce Solicitor varies in their experience and the services they offer. It’s important to have an initial consultation with a Divorce Solicitor to make sure that you feel reassured by their knowledge and safe in their hands before you instruct them to act for you.

We take the time to get to know our clients, to understand what kind of support you need in your Divorce, and make sure that you feel supported no matter what challenges you are facing.

We will work with you to come to agreements on what is best for you, your ex-partner and, if you have any, your children. We can advise on the process and formalise any financial agreements you make through our Divorce service.

Our services include:

  • Tailored advice on Divorce and any issues concerning children, property, and finances. We know how traumatic it can be to decide who will look after children, or who will continue to live in the house, so we can help lessen the stress by giving you clear, solid advice that leaves no room for worry or concern.
  • We can draw up the application for a Consent Order, which records the terms of an agreed settlement, and we can assist you in completing the statement of financial information required by the court. These forms can be complicated, and we can help ease the strain of reading through complex legal and financial documents. We will explain any terms you don’t understand and make sure you completely understand the process and what you are signing.
  • If you are the one to initiate the Divorce (called the ‘petitioner’), we can advise you on the Divorce petition and the statement of arrangements for any minor children. We will advise you on the timeline and the steps involved. We will also advise you of the next steps to take in order to finalise your Divorce.
  • If your partner is initiating the Divorce (making you the ‘respondent’), we can advise you on your position and how to respond to the Divorce papers.
  • We can advise you on any issues relating to any children, assuring you of your rights and helping you make these decisions in advance, so no pressure is put on either partner to make quick decisions they might later regret.
  • We can advise on proposals for a financial settlement, helping each partner to come to a mutually agreeable decision regarding joint income or assets you may have accrued during your marriage. Advice on these issues in advance can prevent heated arguments later down the line as both partners know where they stand.

I am in a Civil Partnership. How can I get a Divorce?

The formal term for the legal end to a Civil Partnership is known as ‘Civil Partnership Dissolution’. To obtain a Civil Partnership divorce or dissolution, you must have been in a registered Civil Partnership for at least 12 months.

The law around Civil Partnership Dissolution is actually very similar to that relating to divorce – if you are looking at ending a civil partnership, or would like more information on how to dissolve a civil partnership, we can help.

Burt Brill & Cardens Brighton & Hove Divorce Solicitors

Who We Are

We have been serving the people of Sussex and beyond for over 125 years. We take great pride in our reputation, which comes not only from a century of providing first-rate legal services, but from the outstanding staff that look after our clients today. We pride ourselves on our integrity, expertise, and client focus.

What our clients say about us

“Amelia has been guiding me through my case from inception. I’m sure if it wasn’t for her guidance and reassuring manor I would not be where I am today. She is always available and gives you the real personal feel. She has treated my case as if it were her own and I will be forever grateful to her. Her technical law knowledge is also second to none. ”

“Burt Brill(iant) & Cardens…fantastic from start to finish, extremely professional, knowledgeable, competent and reassuring. We couldn’t have wished for a better service.”

“ From initial meeting to the end of the case Amelia been fantastic. She was very organised, knowledgeable and very professional at every step. I have been informed about everything and received regular updates. Each time I visit the office everyone was very helpful and had smiles on their faces.”

Book your initial consultation

At your consultation, you will discuss your unique situation with an expert Divorce Solicitor. We will talk about your options and next steps, let you know the time frames we expect, and the estimated costs involved. We offer remote meetings by phone or video call if preferred.

To book your consultation, contact our team confidentially on 01273 604 123 or email