Raworths LLP
Separation, Divorce and Dissolution Separation, Divorce and Dissolution

Separation, Divorce and Dissolution


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

Ellie Foster

Legal Director

Joanna Lofthouse

Senior Associate

Claire Hunter


Lucy Westmoreland

Trainee Chartered Legal Executive

The decision to end a relationship is rarely taken lightly.  A break-up is usually a time of great anguish, shock and often stress.  The process of bringing a relationship to an end will have a major emotional and financial impact on all family members.  We will help you explore your options, discuss your rights and obligations and work with you towards your preferred solution.

We are all members of Resolution and subscribe to its Code of Conduct.  Our aim is to help separating couples achieve a tailored, constructive and fair settlement, to minimise conflict and to support the welfare of any children. If others involved do not adopt the same approach however, we will take as robust an approach as is necessary to protect your interests.

The options available depend on the nature of your relationship.

Divorce or Dissolution of Civil Partnership

We can work with you to complete the formalities necessary to end your marriage or civil partnership and to deal with other issues such as the related finances and issues relating to your children.

On 6 April 2022 the new “no-fault divorce” came into effect.  This allows couples to end their marriage or civil partnership without blaming the other. If you would like to discuss how this could apply to you please contact one of our Family team or complete the online enquiry form and a member of the team will get back to you.

We are also committed and experienced collaborative lawyers and can talk to you about whether this could be the right option for you and your family.

Separation and Judicial Separation

There are many personal reasons why you may not wish to divorce immediately or at all, and not only for religious reasons.  If so, we can explore with you how best to protect your position, including the option of Judicial Separation.

If you and your spouse or partner can agree financial issues directly, with our help or perhaps with the help of mediation or collaborative law then this agreement can be incorporated into a separation agreement and in certain circumstances can be approved by a court.

Cohabiting partners

Separating cohabitees face the same emotional experiences when a relationship breaks down. However, it is a myth that living together results in protection as a “common law spouse”.  Unlike married couples and civil partners, cohabitees are not given the protection of matrimonial law, particularly in relation to financial matters.  The outcome depends very heavily on individual circumstances and what was either implied or agreed between you both.  For more information see our section on cohabitation, or contact one of our team.

Related News / Articles

Nov 23

Why should you consider having a cohabitation agreement?

Family law specialist Ellie Foster at Raworths discusses cohabitation agreements and why you should consider...


Jun 23

Are Humanist Marriages Legally Valid?

The law in England and Wales permits both civil marriage and religious marriage. However, there...


Jun 23

Surrogacy – time for a change

In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of children being born...


Jun 23

Divorce Leave Scheme proposals – what employers need to know

Many people have experienced a relationship breakdown, be it separation or a divorce, often with...


Jun 23

Raworths’ Head of Family recognised for her specialism in family law

Carmelita Ardren, Head of Family at Raworths, has been recognised once again by a leading...


May 23

Travelling abroad with children – a guide for separated parents

Travelling abroad with children over the summer holidays for most is an exciting family experience....


Apr 23

Pensions and divorce

The treatment of pensions on divorce can be a complex area to navigate.  This is...


Apr 23

50 years on: a review of the law of finances on divorce

Following the very welcome introduction of ‘no fault divorce’ in April 2022, the government has...


Mar 23

Cohabitation: the case for reform

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has recently released an interesting analysis of data extracted...


Mar 23

Set aside: Right outcome, wrong route?

This article written by Ellie Foster, Legal Director, Family team at Raworths Solicitors was first...


Feb 23

Capital gains tax treatment of assets on divorce

Ellie Foster is a Legal Director in the Family team at Raworths.  In this article...


Dec 22

Raworths is supporting Resolution’s ‘Good Divorce Week’ 2022

Good Divorce Week (28 November to 2 December 2022) is an annual awareness campaign run...


Sep 22

English pension orders following an overseas divorce

English pension orders following an overseas divorce An article written by Ellie Foster, Legal Director,...


May 22

Holiday travel advice for separated parents

I think we can all agree, the ability to travel abroad for a spot of...


Apr 22

No Fault Divorce – update from 6 April 2022

Having recently had the opportunity to watch the BBC drama “The Split” I found that...


Mar 22

Child Maintenance – things you should know

Child maintenance is something all parents going through a separation need to deal with, regardless...


Dec 21

Separated parents – the Christmas period

Christmas can be a joyful, family filled time but for others it can be a...


Nov 21

Navigating your way through divorce

No one enters a marriage with an eye on the emergency exit but if it...


Nov 21

Getting a pension health check

A recent decision by the Pensions Ombudsman has again highlighted the sometimes precarious financial position...


Sep 21

Who gets the dog on divorce?

We’re a nation of animal lovers and if press reports are anything to be believed,...