Raworths LLP
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Family Law, Children and Divorce


We act for businesses as well as the people who create, own and invest in them, building long term relationships with our clients to understand the unique challenges and opportunities they face. Our depth of experience and knowledge is focussed on providing practical advice designed to meet all our clients’ business needs.

Individuals & Families

We understand how important your case is, our experienced teams are on hand to provide practical and effective legal advice. With one of the largest teams of lawyers in North Yorkshire we work for wealthy individuals and their families, trusts and family businesses - your needs are at the heart of what we do.


Our Commercial, Residential and Agricultural Property teams have the expertise to help you deal with the opportunities and challenges of the freehold and leasehold real estate market. We have substantial depth of experience of the property world and its demands which gives us the crucial ability to help you achieve your aims.

Resolving Disputes

Disputes are an unavoidable fact of life, but when they happen it is essential to find a quick, effective and practical solution to the situation. Whether your issues are commercial or business related, family or personal, we have the depth of experience, imagination and expertise to help you solve your problems.

Zoe Robinson

Managing Partner

Carmelita Ardren

Head of Family, Children and Divorce

Joanna Lofthouse

Senior Associate

Claire Hunter


Lucy Westmoreland

Trainee Chartered Legal Executive

Raworths are a full service premier law firm in Harrogate providing specialist Family Law advice with our dedicated team. Our specialist divorce solicitors have the in-house support of our other teams who work seamlessly together to solve your problems.

We can give you the peace of mind that comes from being looked after by people who know what they are doing.

Our approach to divorce and family law matters is “Firm but Fair”. Our starting point is to keep conflict to the minimum but to be prepared to fight your corner vigorously if this becomes necessary.

Free initial half-hour consultation  

We are recognised as Divorce and Family Law specialists in Harrogate.

We are members and subscribe to the Code of Conduct of Resolution.

Zoe Robinson and Carmelita Ardren are two of the very few Advanced members of the Law Society’s Family Law Specialist Accreditation Scheme in North Yorkshire. We are also recognised as specialist solicitors in family law by Legal 500.

For more information about specific issues see the links on the left to FAQs

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