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Divorce is one of the most heart-breaking and life-changing experiences to go through. As well as being emotionally gruelling, the financial implications are huge.

So, it is vital that you get the right legal advice and are supported by an experienced and specialist divorce solicitor. At Ward Hadaway, we can advise you appropriately, ensuring your interests are protected and your individual circumstances thoroughly understood.

When a partnership has ended and the parties involved agree to divorce or wish to dissolve a civil partnership, it can be a long, complex process. Financial settlement after divorce, your choice of divorce lawyer and the decisions made in the divorce agreement will impact the future quality of life for those involved.

Ward Hadaway has worked with many people dealing with divorce and separation and has years of experience in securing the right financial settlements while understanding the situation from an emotional perspective. We pride ourselves on guiding our clients through this difficult time with empathy, support and advice each step of the way.

When people seek legal advice for a divorce they are often at different stages of the separation. Some have reached an agreement that they are happy with and simply require a divorce lawyer to draft the documents and process them.

Others want advice on how a court is likely to deal with their separation or divorce financial settlement, but want it to be managed quickly and amicably with compromise and require guidance on how to respond to letters, draft offers and negotiate on their behalf.

There are also more difficult separation situations where communication between the two parties has completely broken down, and they are unable to negotiate or come to a reasonable agreement. Our divorce lawyers are also here to provide you with legal representation during these difficult divorce proceedings, picking up the tough conversations and resolving disagreements in a way that works best for everyone.

This is why we employ divorce solicitors that specialise in specific areas of separation and, importantly, different industries. For example, we have divorce lawyers that advise on divorces within the armed forces or emergency services like the police force or ambulance service as well as key public sectors such as education and healthcare. Our specialist solicitors also focus on same-sex couple separation. This differs slightly from heterosexual marriages, so we will guide you through that process. As well as experience advising on Islamic divorce to help both parties and assisting with any international issues. We are well versed in a wide range of industries and specialist areas and can advise you accordingly on the best steps to take in reaching a financial settlement after divorce.

As a full-service law firm, we draw on expertise from all departments. Taking a holistic approach to our services allows our divorce solicitors to provide comprehensive legal advice to our clients – something that smaller, boutique family-only solicitors cannot. Please do get in touch for a free, confidential chat about your situation and we can explain how we can help.

Our team have put their decades of experience together to answer some of the most frequently asked questions they get around relationship matters. They also have a range of divorce FAQs and have put together this useful divorce glossary to help explain common phrases, words and legal jargon.

Attending court and not sure what the process is? Our divorce lawyers have put together these handy guides for navigating the family court process in Newcastle, Leeds and Manchester

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    Christine Barker

    Partner | Family & Matrimonial, Manchester

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    What people say

    • I would like to recognise, Louise Cannell-Mirza, Nev Zaki, Louise Moorcroft as team members who’s work stands out. Louise and Nev have a level of expertise and deep seated interest in children and family law. Nev has covered cases in Louise absence and her preparation is second to none.

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    • Ultimately, Ella’s dedication, expertise, and unwavering support made a significant difference in my divorce journey. She empowered me to make informed decisions that were in the best interest of myself and my family

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    • Louise Cannell-Mirza is a diligent and capable solicitor who works tirelessly for her clients.

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    • They are all very personable and down to earth, yet professional (as you’d expect) which is refreshing. The team keep me well informed of proceedings. They are attentive to my engagement and go to great lengths to ensure proceedings are on track and that I am fully informed at every step on progress. When decisions need to be made at key junctures, the team ensure that they take the time to explain in detail the possible options and likely outcomes or ramifications as a result. Can’t praise the ladies enough!

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