Raworths LLP
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Collaborative family law


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.

Carmelita Ardren

Head of Family, Children and Divorce

Claire Hunter


Joanna Lofthouse

Chartered Legal Executive

Lucy Westmoreland

Trainee Chartered Legal Executive

In the collaborative family law process, the couple and their respective lawyers work together in a series of round the table meetings to discuss the issues in an atmosphere where everyone is committed to sorting things out without going to court.

The key element in this process is that the parties and the lawyers agree that if an agreement cannot be reached and the collaborative process breaks down, the parties will each have to appoint new lawyers. This provides a real and positive incentive to all involved to work hard to produce a mutually workable and acceptable outcome.

The biggest benefit of collaborative law is that couples are more likely to be able to get on with the rest of their lives without the unresolved anger that so often accompanies contested court hearings.

Collaborative law is an increasingly popular option to resolve relationship, financial, children and practical issues. In Raworths family law team, Carmelita Ardren and Joanna Lofthouse are trained Collaborative Lawyers who have developed substantial experience of dealing with cases in this.

How to contact us

Please contact Carmelita Ardren Head of Family on 01423 566666 or use this link to complete our online enquiry form and a member of the team will get back to you.