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Children are our future. Nurturing and supporting them is the job of every adult with a responsibility to them, but occasionally particularly sensitive issues arise involving young people.

Whether the issue stems from a dispute within the family over how a child will be raised, their living and financial arrangements or from an external intervention such as from a local authority, our specialist team has significant expertise in dealing with complex, issues involving children. Our focus is always on the child’s welfare, and we place this at the centre of our work.

We act for parents, foster carers and special guardians but also for young people through their Cafcass guardians and directly for children who are old enough. We act in a range of situations, including care proceedings, adoption proceedings, access arrangements, child support and maintenance, family disputes and domestic and international relocation issues.

Wherever possible, our experienced team champions new approaches to resolving issues without the need for litigation. Occasionally, in disputes where parties have been unable to reach an out-of-court resolution, we provide support throughout the process, with a close eye on our number one priority; ensuring the wellbeing and welfare of the young people involved.

So if you’re seeking an experienced team, adept at handling the most sensitive of situations with care and understanding, we’re here for you.

Our services

Living arrangements for children
  • Determining who the child lives with and who they spend time with (formerly known as custody)
  • Disputes over specific issues of a child’s upbringing such as choice of school and consent to medical treatment
  • Relocating domestically or internationally with a child
Maintenance and finance for children
  • Child maintenance
  • Other financial provision for children such as provision of accommodation and to meet other one-off costs
International children matters
  • International child relocation
  • Child abduction
  • Preventative measures to stop a child from being taken abroad
Adoption proceedings
  • Adoption
  • International adoption
  • Step parent adoption
Care and local authority proceedings
  • Care Proceedings and the involvement of Local Authorities
  • Fostering

Contact a specialist

Jonathan Flower

Partner | Children & Safeguarding, Newcastle

+44 (0) 330 137 3206

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Andrea Dyer

Partner | Family & Matrimonial, Leeds

+44 (0) 330 137 3216

+44 (0)793 919 1880

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Christine Barker

Partner | Family & Matrimonial, Manchester

+44 (0) 330 137 3226

0783 143 0922

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What people say

  • 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.

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  • The team was knowledgeable and supportive, showing understanding and empathy with my situation. I was nervous at the beginning of the case but the team held my hand and really guided me through everything.

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  • I just want to say a very big thank you to you, your professionalism and hard work throughout has got a result that I never dreamed of. You have filled me with confidence throughout the whole process and that to me was a huge help and of great comfort when dealing with something so horrific as these last few months. I am sat at home with the four children watching a film and feeling more content than I have done in the last 18months! So thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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  • Excellent full-service family group which continues to expand across the North of England. Recognised for its collaborative approach to financial remedy matters and for its work on public law cases involving guardians.

    Chambers & Partners
  • Ward Hadaway ‘is making big strides in the Manchester matrimonial scene’, with a ‘first-rate’ department.

    Legal 500
  • Offers noteworthy experience in matrimonial disputes in the farming sector and child cases with a cross-border aspect.

    Chambers & Partners
  • Highly regarded in matrimonial finance, with a particular niche in representing owner-managed businesses and other professionals. Extensive Children Act experience, including in handling cases with international elements.

    Chambers & Partners
  • It is considered a ‘go-to firm’ for matrimonial work, including high-net-worth divorces and childcare cases.

    Chambers & Partners
  • This well-established team maintains a strong reputation, and…is able to provide clients with specialist advice on high-value financial provision matters, public children law and cross-border children disputes.

    Chambers & Partners