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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 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 team champions 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, we’ll 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:

  • Child Maintenance
  • Dissolution of Civil Partnership
  • Divorce
  • Domestic violence and abuse
  • Enforcement and Variation of Financial Orders
  • Financial settlements, including pensions, trusts and business assets
  • Injunctions and Occupation Orders
  • Intervener claims
  • Judicial Separation
  • Living arrangements for children
  • Nullity Petitions
  • Property disputes
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.

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Contact a specialist

Gemma Iceton

Partner | Family & Matrimonial

+44 (0) 330 137 3217

+44 (0) 793 604 2633

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Christine Barker

Partner | Family & Matrimonial, Manchester

+44 (0) 330 137 3226

+44 (0) 783 143 0922

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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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What people say

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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  • 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.

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  • Hollie was extremely supportive during a very stressful and difficult time and managed my case well. She is very good with following up on actions as well as being very responsive and thorough in her work. I found Hollie really helpful and approachable - she outlined the
    process for me, answered all my questions and was informative every step of the way.

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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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  • Andrea was very professional and accessible. I felt listened to and advised clearly at all times.

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  • Thank you [Andrea Dyer] again for all your hard work and the support/advice you have given me. I haven't found it easy but whenever I have either met with you or corresponded I have felt empowered to keep going. I don't know where to start with regard to thanking you. I know that without your guidance, I would not have secured such a positive outcome.

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  • Andrea was excellent; approachable, knowledgeable, supportive, professional.

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