Raworths LLP
Carmelita Ardren Carmelita Ardren

Carmelita ArdrenHead of Family, Children and Divorce

Carmelita Ardren

Contact Details

DDI: 01423 724 639
M: 07854 312652
E: carmelita.ardren@raworths.co.uk


Born: Nottingham
Educated: Liverpool John Moores University( LLB (Hons)) and College of Law York
Previous roles: Meikles and Read Dunn Connell
Joined Raworths: 2001

Member of Resolution
Trained Collaborative Lawyer
Member of the Law Society Advanced Family Law Panel

I want to express my sincere thanks for all your help in bringing matters to an amicable conclusion. I was recommended to speak with you and the way in which you’ve helped me has been nothing shy of amazing. I am truly grateful. Without any shadow of doubt I will always recommend you to anyone I feel may require similar help.

Mr R, Harrogate
Family law advanced

Carmelita is an Advanced Family Law specialist having gained specific accreditation for the financial and private children issues.  Particular areas of expertise include divorce, financial issues arising on a divorce or separation with particular interest in business assets and private children issues.

Cases Carmelita deals with on a daily basis include:

  • Divorce procedure
  • Separation issues
  • Co-habitation issues
  • Financial settlements
  • Issues relating to civil partnerships
  • Collaborative Law settlements
  • Pre-nuptial agreements
  • Residence
  • Contact
  • Removal of children from the jurisdiction
  • Determination of specific issues/prohibited steps in respect of children
  • Injunctions in respect of domestic abuse / disposal of assets.
When a client instructs you, what can they expect?

I am a specialist in family law and a trained collaborative lawyer. I can provide you with comprehensive, clear and constructive advice to support you through one of the most difficult times of your life. My aim is to get to the heart of the matter in the most efficient and costs effective manner. There will be a range of options to consider and I will listen to you, support and guide you to find the best one to meet your individual circumstances.

I am a member of Resolution which is a commitment to dealing with matters in a non confrontational and productive way to preserve dignity and encourage agreement wherever possible.

Why did you train as a collaborative lawyer?

The spirit of collaborative law is a big shift from the traditional adversarial process which makes absolute sense to me.  The idea of rolling our sleeves up and resolving problems facing the couple around a table,  finding creative and quick solutions was like a breath of fresh air.  I believe many clients want to try to remain on relatively good terms for the benefit of their children and maintain their dignity in divorce and separation. This  is exactly what Collaborative Law  can offer.

Do many clients come to you for advice before they get married?

When I first started practice this was very rare.  However, many clients are now aware of the possibility of pre-nuptial agreements and we are consulted from time to time on such arrangements.  They are popular with clients who have been married previously or have married later in life   have assets they would like to protect  after an established career.

What is the most unusual case you have been involved with?

I recall one particular case which involved a number of very unusual applications in relation to the marriage and financial aspects of the settlement.  In particular, the parties could not even agree whether they were married in the first place !  The husband even alleged that the wife had paid an imposter to attend the Registry Office ceremony 25 years earlier to sign his name.

If you have one piece of advice for a family effected by divorce or separation what would it be?

It has to be to put your children first.  Your relationship may have ended but your role as a parent continues. When faced with difficult financial issues on a divorce or separation consider what is in the best interests of the children as that is likely to point you in the right direction.

Do you tend to act for wives more than husbands?

No, I would say clients are evenly spread between husbands and wives.

Have you experience of dealing with cases involving children moving to foreign countries ?

I have dealt with an increasing number of cases in which one parent has wanted to take the children to a foreign country to live on a permanent basis.  In particular, I have had clients wanting to move or seeking to prevent a move to various European countries and even further afield such as New Zealand, Dubai and the Americas.  Such arrangements always produce a number of important and complex issues for the parents and lawyers to deal with.

What interests do you have outside work?

I have two children so what time I have I try to get out into the hills with the family for a bracing walk.  I am a keen walker having trekked in both Europe and Asia.  A walk however would not be complete without a roaring fire and a real ale at the end.

“Clients value her support in sensitive proceedings and comment: “She is a very clear thinker and a good communicator, who is pleasant and sympathetic.” “

Chambers UK 2019 (Family/Matrimonial – York, Hull and surrounds


“Thank you Carmelita for all your support and hard work through my divorce. You were absolutely fantastic and I feel I’d have made some big mistakes without your guidance. I am really very grateful to you. I felt you went above and beyond the call of duty and steered me when I was emotionally very vulnerable.

Thank you”

Mrs B, London


“I would rate Raworths, and Carmelita Ardren in particular, as exceptional value for money and service. My needs and those of my daughter were at the heart of the case. During every stage of what was a very lengthy, complicated and expensive process I felt that my interests, including the financial ones, were of the utmost importance to Carmelita. She has a calm and supportive demeanor and her advice is pragmatic, well-reasoned and well communicated and I have come to trust Carmelita and believe that she used her best endeavours to obtain the best outcome for myself and my daughter.

Mr G, Harrogate


“’impressive’ team”

The UK Legal 500 2016


a respected practitioner with a high level of expertise in matrimonial finance matters and complex asset division following separation. She also specialises in prenuptial agreements. Clients praise her “very down-to-earth” attitude as well as her “compassion and understanding.

Chambers Directory 2015