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Michelle Hardstone

Chartered Legal Executive

Michelle is a specialist family and divorce lawyer based in our Uckfield office but previously advised clients throughout Sussex and Kent.  She has many years’ experience helping clients through divorce, finances and resolving issues in respect of children.

Michelle’s clients

Michelle supports her clients in the most cost effective and supportive way possible.  She helps and advises clients through divorce and complex financial matters.  Michelle is an active member of Resolution who help promote working in a non-confrontational manner, however, should the need arise, also advises clients in more difficult circumstances.

Experience and approach

Michelle provides clear, cost effective advice.  Being a member of Resolution assists in dealing with negotiations and correspondence in a non-confrontational way and this is key to resolving issues without the need for court proceedings.

However, there are times when court proceedings are necessary and Michelle has many years’ experience in representing clients and advising throughout the court process.

The benefits to the clients in dealing with matters in a non-confrontational way, especially within Children Act proceedings is that when the matter is over, it is hoped that the parties can continue in an amicable manner until they no longer need to communicate.

Areas of expertise

  • Divorce, Civil partnership dissolution and separation
  • Financial matters arising from a relationship breakdown
  • Property issues arising from cohabitation, including Trust of Land matters
  • Children Act matters, including where a child should live and how much time they should spend with the other parent. Also issues regarding schooling or whether a child should be taken abroad.
  • Pre and Post Nuptial Agreements, Cohabitation Agreements and Declarations of Trust relating to property
  • Financial Orders following divorce or Separation Agreements following separation

Michelle’s work

Michelle has recently represented a father within complex Children Act Proceedings where mother had made numerous allegations against father, not involving the child and had a very litigious solicitor on the other side.  Michelle politely reminded the other Solicitor of the Code of Conduct they had agreed to when becoming a member of Resolution and the way in which the other side conducted their case, changed. The child(ren) should always be at the forefront, not the parent’s feelings towards the other.