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When you need legal advice on personal, sensitive and often complex issues, you need to be sure that you're working side-by-side with someone who understands your unique circumstances and who you can trust implicitly.

Whatever your individual needs, no two situations are the same and our approach is tailored specifically to you.

Our specialist team of dedicated family lawyers is on hand to handle whatever relationship issue you’re facing. We’ll take the time to listen to you, and provide clear advice and guidance with meticulous attention to detail, formidable legal expertise and considered handling, to achieve the right outcome for you.

Wherever possible, our experienced family solicitors champion new approaches to resolving issues without the need for litigation. If court proceedings become the only option, you can be assured that we have the experience required to support you throughout the process.

Whatever your needs, our matrimonial lawyers will always have your best interests at the forefront of our work, and you can be assured we’ll secure the outcome you deserve.

Our team have put their decades of experience together to answer some of the most frequently asked questions they get around divorce and relationship matters. Click the links to find out more.

Our services

Marriage breakdowns and separations

We are able to draw on a wealth of family law expertise and specialists from other areas of law to provide seamless advice on all aspects of divorce and separation issues. We also have significant experience in handling disputes involving children. We can advise on:

Matters involving children

We fully understand matters involving children are particularly sensitive and we have significant expertise in dealing with such issues, always putting the child’s welfare at the centre of the work we do.

We can advise on:

  • Child abduction
  • Child Maintenance through the Child Maintenance Service
  • Child Maintenance, housing and other financial provisions for children under Schedule 1 of The Children Act 1989
  • Discrete issues concerning a child’s upbringing such as choice of school and healthcare
  • Domestic and international relocation
  • Living arrangements for children
  • Parental alienation
  • Parental responsibility
  • Surrogacy
Nuptial and cohabitation agreements

We use tact and sensitivity to draw up and advise on sensible documents, which can then be discussed and agreed with the other party and their legal representative:

  • Cohabitation agreements
  • Post-nuptial agreements
  • Pre-nuptial agreements
  • Separation agreements
Unmarried couples

Long-term relationships which do not have any formal legal recognition can result in very difficult and painful consequences in the event of a relationship breakdown. We provide clear, informed advice on:

  • Cohabitation disputes
  • Co-parenting agreements
  • Financial claims for children and child maintenance
  • Injunctions and Occupation Orders
  • Property disputes

Divorce fixed fee

Following the announcement of the new no-fault divorce process, our specialist divorce solicitors have reduced our divorce fixed fees.

Find out more here

Contact a specialist

Christine Barker

Partner | Family & Matrimonial, Manchester

+44 (0) 330 137 3226

+44 (0) 783 143 0922

Email Christine Barker

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Liz Bottrill

Partner | Family & Matrimonial

+44 (0) 330 137 3225

+44 (0)784 177 7157

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Andrea Dyer

Partner | Family & Matrimonial, Leeds

+44 (0) 330 137 3216

+44 (0)793 919 1880

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Gemma Iceton

Partner | Family & Matrimonial

+44 (0) 330 137 3217

+44 (0) 793 604 2633

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What people say

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

    Legal 500
  • 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!

    Legal 500, client quote
  • I find the staff members extremely motivated, enthusiastic, experienced, knowledgeable, and extremely focused and forensic in approach. The organisation of case work I feel is second to none.

    Legal 500
  • Ward Hadaway LLP are unique due to the quality of service they have provided to me and the children I work with. In my experience they are highly proficient in family law and the standard of legal advice is excellent. The child’s welfare is always at the core of any work/legal advice provided.

    Legal 500
  • I have repeatedly instructed the Family Law team to represent the children I work with as a result of their excellent practice. The team consistently provides a good quality service including legal advice, advocacy and ensuring I have everything I need to fulfill my role. I have always found the team to be a joy to work with.

    Legal 500, client quote
  • A fantastic and personalised service that’s supported by an appropriate use of technology without the process ever feeling automated. The people are all approachable, polite and easy to work with as well as being experts in the respective fields.

    Legal 500, Client quote
  • I believe firmly matters pertaining to Family Law are in their very nature personal and so in this regard I wanted to find a firm and team of people that I felt had my best interests at heart. I must say I most definitely found that in Ward Hadaway. From the initial consultation, I was given confidence and felt assured my case would be dealt with well. I received fantastic advice on the most appropriate way to proceed, likely costs were all made clear from the onset. Communication was timely and well written. I have been most impressed with particularly Sarah Crilly and Hollie Morgan.

    Legal 500, Client quote
  • Her work is always beautifully prepared and she manages clients' expectations and gets them in the right order. What Christine Barker doesn't know isn't worth knowing. She is pragmatic in her advice to clients and a joy to work with.

    Client quote
  • Sarah's guidance from the outset was invaluable - she was really helpful and knowledgeable, advising me on the process and the options available to me. She is down to earth and very easy to talk to - I appreciated her straightforward attitude in giving advice. Sarah was a rock in my situation - calm, reassuring and straight-talking as well as strong.

    Client quote