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Welcome to Divorces and separations

Divorce and separation issues are sensitive, complex and often painful.

Handling these issues with sensitivity, while applying meticulous attention to detail, formidable legal expertise and sound judgement in order to achieve the right settlement, is at the heart of our approach.

We have a team of dedicated lawyers specialising in family law who can work with you to identify practical solutions and to deliver clear, cost-effective legal advice.

We recognise that people seeking advice on such sensitive issues need to build a relationship of trust with their lawyers.

We know that no two clients are the same and we take the time to understand each situation, tailoring an approach that is specific to you.

As part of a full-service Top 100 UK law firm, we are able to draw on a wealth of expertise in other areas of law from our colleagues within Ward Hadaway’s specialist teams including Corporate, Property, Planning, Company and Commercial, Employment, Pensions, Private Wealth, Tax and Rural Land and Estates.

This enables us to provide seamless, discreet and integrated advice on all aspects of divorce and separation issues.

We also regularly work with existing advisors to ensure that you receive real continuity of advice.

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

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

When litigation through the Court becomes the only option, we have the experience needed to ensure that clients are fully supported throughout the process.

Our services include advice on:

  • Care proceedings and Adoption
  • Child Support
  • Children’s issues including Parental Responsibility, Residence, Contact, Domestic and International Relocation (now being dealt with by a way of Child Arrangement Orders)
  • Divorce and financial settlements, including pensions
  • Domestic Violence and Abuse
  • Property disputes
  • Registered Civil Partnerships
  • Separation agreements

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

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What our clients say

  • “Sarah [Crilly] demonstrated focus, courage and resolution, whilst being assertive yet patient”

  • “A perfect acronym for Sarah [Crilly] would be ‘I CARE’ – Integrity, Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence”


Independent verdict

  • "A very strong firm, with a local and national presence."

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • "My visits to Ward Hadaway helped make me feel confident of a fair outcome to my case, and at no point did I feel that false promises were being made."

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • "Ward Hadaway’s ‘strong and integrated’ department is ‘exceptional at divorce matters"

    Legal 500
  • "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
  • "Experienced team recognised as a go-to for high net worth individuals and professionals in matters such as premarital agreements."

    Chambers & Partners
  • “With support from the firm’s experts in areas such as tax and trusts, it is able to offer clients a comprehensive service.”

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

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • "‘Turnaround times, depth of knowledge and client focus are excellent’ at Ward Hadaway."

    Legal 500
  • "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
  • "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
  • "They were very accessible and available whenever I needed to contact them."

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • “Ward Hadaway’s ‘first-class’ family law team has a strong offering in matrimonial matters, particularly high-value and multi-jurisdictional divorce work."

    Legal 500
  • "Ward Hadaway ‘is making big strides in the Manchester matrimonial scene’, with a ‘first-rate’ department."

    Legal 500
  • "Excellent at keeping costs down to a minimum."

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners

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