Harrison Drury

Divorce and family law solicitors.

Facing a separation or divorce can be overwhelming, complex and emotional, so having the right legal support in place is crucial to prepare you for the next stage of your life.

Harrison Drury’s team of divorce and family solicitors has built up an excellent reputation having successfully represented clients across Lancashire and Cumbria.

Our experts have decades of experience guiding clients through all aspects of separation from the family home, finances and business assets, through to children and access rights.

In particular, our divorce and family lawyers have a strong track record of success in cases that involve high net worth individuals with complex asset structures, such as business owners, sports people and professionals.

From the outset, we are transparent on pricing and encourage out of court agreements to come to amicable settlements that suit all parties.

Services

Children's Issues

Making important decisions about your children's future while coping with the stress of a separation is always tough.

Cohabitation Agreements & Disputes

Many couples live together - or cohabit - without formalising their relationship through marriage or a civil partnership.

Collaborative Law

Collaborative Law is an alternative to the traditional negotiation processes by letter, email or court proceedings.

Divorce

We provide expert legal advice to help you find a way forward from a divorce that is least upsetting and most cost-effective.

Pre-Nups

Pre-nuptial agreements (pre-nups) set out a couple's financial arrangements before they get married or enter a civil partnership.

Property and Financial Issues

Reaching a financial settlement that is acceptable to both sides can be difficult, complicated and expensive.

How could social media affect my divorce?

May 25th, 2017

Social media has changed the way we meet, interact and fall in love. With social platforms having an increased presence in our lives, Janine Hutson looks at how it could be used in the divorce court.    As divorce lawyers, we are encountering situations far more frequently where social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter […]






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We’re undergoing IVF treatment: Am I legally a father?

May 17th, 2017

Rebecca Patience, trainee solicitor in the family department at Harrison Drury, examines a recent case in which a paperwork error meant the father wasn’t recognised as a legal parent. The couple, who at the time were unmarried, embarked on a lengthy process to conceive, culminating years later with the birth of their child. In the […]






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How will Brexit affect family law?

May 5th, 2017

Rebecca Patience from Harrison Drury’s Home and Family team looks at some of the possible scenarios for how divorce and family matters will be dealt with when Britain formally exits the EU. Divorce and jurisdiction issues Brussels IIa is a key piece of European Legislation which sets out the rules for determining jurisdiction, i.e. deciding […]






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Can my spouse refuse me a divorce?

Apr 14th, 2017

In a landmark court of appeal ruling, judges have refused to let a woman divorce her husband of 40 years. Family law expert Janine Hutson explores the case and explains what the decision means for those looking to get divorced.  The case 66-year-old Tini Owens sought a divorce from her husband Hugh Owens on the […]






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I’m in a heterosexual relationship: can we enter into a civil partnership?

Mar 13th, 2017

Question: My partner and I have been together for three years and have a child together. While we want to cement our relationship legally, we don’t want to get married. Can we enter into a civil partnership instead? Answer: Currently, the Isle of Man is the only part of the British Isles that allows heterosexual […]






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Do I need a cohabitation agreement?

Feb 13th, 2017

Q. I am in the process of buying a property, which will be purchased in my sole name as I am providing the deposit. If my partner and I live together, and my partner contributes to the mortgage repayments and other bills, would he be able to claim an interest in the property if we […]






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Will I be able to keep my inheritance if I get divorced?

Jan 27th, 2017

Often, one of the main concerns for separating couples is how their assets will be divided and what their financial position will be once their divorce is finalised. When the court looks at a couple’s financial situation, all assets of their marriage can potentially be taken into account. This would include any money or assets […]






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What to expect at your first appointment with a divorce solicitor

Jan 17th, 2017

Once you and your spouse have decided to separate, issuing divorce proceedings can feel like a difficult and daunting step to take. An experienced family solicitor will be able to explain the legal process and address your concerns. Here is my advice for getting the most out of your first appointment. Prepare a list of […]






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Common myths about adultery dispelled

Dec 19th, 2016

In England and Wales, it is possible to issue divorce proceedings and obtain a divorce on the grounds that the marriage has irretrievably broken down. This can be proven via five facts, one of which is that your spouse has committed adultery and, as a result, you find it intolerable to live with them. Working within […]






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Family lawyers call for no-fault divorce

Dec 9th, 2016

A recent survey carried out by Resolution highlighted the need for divorce laws to be modernised, with 90% of family lawyers believing that separating couples should be able to divorce without blame. The concept of no-fault divorce has also been the subject of debate after 150 family lawyers and other professionals met with MPs in […]






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