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Harrowells Family Team

Whether you are dealing with a divorce or separation, need advice on protecting your long-term financial interests, spending time with your children, Harrowells are here to achieve the best outcome for you

Harrowells specialist family solicitors will look after your interests, guide you through the process with legal expertise and practical advice to resolve your issues as swiftly as possible and on terms tailored to your budget.

Our family team's excellent service ethos and success rate is independently recognised by Legal 500 which evaluates the reputation and quality of the advice of the top 10% of UK law firms, as well as by our current and former clients:

"Thank you, Lucy, for all your help along the way in giving me the confidence to stand up for what I am entitled to and frankly coming away with a far better deal than I would have accepted."

The team has considerable experience in dealing with complex and high net worth divorces involving property, pensions, businesses and farms. Our independently recognised ‘brilliant’ team will put you first and work with you to select the best process for your case, whether that be negotiation, mediation or court.

We can lead you expertly through disputes over arrangements for children, including custody, relocation and specific issues such as parental alienation, adoption and the rights of grandparents.

To secure a team who will fight your corner and represent your interests, make a confidential call or email enquiry to our specialist team.

Read our blog article on how to prepare for your initial meeting with a family lawyer.

Our Family Law Services

Divorce & Separation Proceedings

Divorce & Separation Proceedings

The process of getting divorced or separating from your partner can seem confusing and intimidating, with lots of paperwork and legal details you need to get right. Our family lawyers will guide you every step of the way, making sure everything is done correctly, so you can end your relationship as quickly and smoothly as possible.

We will prepare and submit divorce proceedings, apply for your decree absolute and every other key part of the process. We also have particular expertise in specialist areas including farming divorce, civil partnership dissolution and separation agreements for unmarried couples.

Financial Settlements

Financial Settlements

Our team have expertise in handling the financial side of divorce and separation, including for high net worth individuals, and those with business, pension and property assets. We will ensure you get a fair settlement that meets your long-term needs and those of your loved ones, usually without the need for court proceedings.

Arrangements for Children

Arrangements for Children

Working out where your children will live and what role each parent will play in their lives is usually one of the most emotionally challenging parts of divorce and separation.

We favour a non-confrontational approach wherever possible, as this typically allows you to get a workable agreement while making things much easier on you and your children. However, where court action is required, we will back you all the way, providing you with the best advice and robust, pragmatic support and representation you need to get the right result for you and your children.

Pre-nuptial, Post-nuptial & Cohabitation Agreements

Pre-nuptial, Post-nuptial & Cohabitation Agreements

More and more couples are choosing to make a pre-nuptial agreement, post-nuptial agreement or cohabitation agreement, giving themselves long-term security and peace of mind for the future.

We can draft these agreements for you, review an agreement you have been asked to sign by your partner and negotiate the details where required. If you already have an agreement and have any concerns about it, we will be happy to advise you on your options.

Change of Name Deeds

Change of Name Deeds

It is common when getting married or divorced that you might need to change the name of your children to reflect the change in your family. You will need the permission of everyone with parental responsibility for the child or children in question to do so and will need to apply for a change of name deed.

We can help you with the application and support you in discussing the matter with your child or children’s other parent where required.

Domestic Abuse

Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse comes in many forms and is always serious. We are highly experienced in dealing with these matters and so can provide fast, effective legal options to protect you and your family. If you or a loved one have been a victim of domestic abuse, please get in touch today to confidentially discuss how we can help you.

Our family law fees

Our family law fees

We are committed to providing the very best family law advice to everyone, no matter their personal circumstances. To support this goal, we offer a number of different fee structures and funding options so you can get the legal expertise you need in a way you can afford.

Find out more about our options for family law funding and fixed fees.

Contact our Friendly, expert family lawyers

Contact our friendly, expert family lawyers

Looking for clear, practical advice and support for any area of family law?

Our family lawyers can arrange meetings at any of our local offices in York and across Yorkshire, so simply contact your nearest Harrowells office in York, St Saviourgate, Clifton Moor, Easingwold, Haxby, Pocklington, Malton, and Thirsk.