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Welcome to Children and family law

Ensuring your children are well looked after is one of the main priorities in any parent's life.

However, it is an unfortunate fact that when family relationships break down, children are often caught up in the situation and what happens to them can become a source of serious dispute.

We recognise that disputes involving children are particularly sensitive and we have significant expertise in dealing with such issues, including in complex cases.

We aim to take a practical yet tactful approach to legal issues involving children, always aiming to put the child’s welfare at the centre of any work which we do.

Our knowledgeable team are at the forefront of new approaches to resolving issues, including Collaborative Law, where parties seek solutions without litigation.

When litigation through the Court becomes the only option, we have the experience needed to ensure that you are fully supported throughout the process and that the welfare of your children remains paramount.

The Head of our Family and Matrimonial team, Jonathan Flower, has a considerable reputation in dealing with cases concerning children with particular experience advising on complex and difficult cases.

Jonathan is also backed by a knowledgeable and supportive team.

Our services include advice on:

  • Care Proceedings and Adoption
  • Child contact (now dealt with by way of Child Arrangement Orders)
  • Child residence (now dealt with by way of Child Arrangement Orders)
  • Child support
  • Disagreements relating to issues such as choice of school, private school fees, Child Support Agency, child maintenance
  • Domestic and international relocation
  • Healthcare consents and medical treatment

To find out how we can help you, please get in touch.

For a brochure outlining our services, please click here.

Independent Verdict

  • "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

  • "‘Turnaround times, depth of knowledge and client focus are excellent’ at Ward Hadaway."

    Legal 500

  • "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

  • "I was impressed by their consistency, professionalism, communication, efficiency, integrity and reliability."

    Client quote, 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

  • "They were very accessible and available whenever I needed to contact them."

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners

  • "Full-service family law practice, with accredited resolution specialists on the team. Excellent choice of counsel to clients on matrimonial finance cases that have an international element."

    Chambers & Partners

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

    Legal 500

  • “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

  • "Jonathan Flower's team at Ward Hadaway provides 'good' advice."

    Legal 500

  • "Excellent at keeping costs down to a minimum."

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners

Children and family law News and Events

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Children and family law briefings, observation and comment

School holiday season

posted: July, 2017

The school summer holidays have arrived and at Ward Hadaway we are often asked to advise divorced or separated parents whether they can take their children on holiday abroad or whether they need the permission of the child's other parent.

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Parental responsibility

posted: March, 2017

What does Parental Responsibility mean? In this article, Nicola Hunter explains what it is and how it can be acquired.

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Parental alienation

posted: October, 2016

Cassandra Spenceley, Associate in the Family law team, looks at challenging issues for parents when it comes to family breakdown.

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