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.


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.


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


Mediation provides an opportunity for people to make their own decisions without going to court and limits the use of solicitors.


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.

Marriage annulment - couple sat opposite each other with official document and rings between them

What is an annulment?  

Mar 9th, 2018

Some people who choose to annul their marriage rather than get a divorce. Rebecca Patience, family law solicitor at Harrison Drury looks at what annulment is and how you can apply for one. You can seek an annulment as an alternative to a divorce in certain circumstances. A marriage can be annulled at any time […]

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‘New age traveller turned eco-millionaire’ case highlights importance of financial consent order

Feb 28th, 2018

Divorce can be a complicated process, so it’s no surprise that people don’t know they need to arrange a financial consent order at the end of the proceedings, especially if they haven’t sought legal advice. The case of Vince v Wyatt acts as a timely reminder to divorcing couples to consider early settlement options and […]

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Five things you didn’t know about divorce…

Feb 14th, 2018

There are often things that crop up during divorce that you might be unaware of. The family law team at Harrison Drury solicitors look at five things you possibly don’t know about divorce.   1) In the courts in England and Wales you cannot be divorced on the basis of ‘irreconcilable differences’. There are five […]

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We’re separating, what happens if we can’t agree arrangements for our children?

Feb 2nd, 2018

Q: My partner and I are separating, we have two children, age 7 and 5. We can’t agree when they should spend time with each of us, what should we do?  A: Initially, you should make every effort to agree arrangements between yourselves. This can either be done in discussions between you, or negotiations between […]

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What is the ‘common law marriage’ myth?

Jan 8th, 2018

It’s been revealed that two thirds of cohabiting couples don’t know how their protection differs from married couples or civil partners. Rachel Taylor explores the myth that is common law marriage.  Cohabiting couples are often referred to as common law spouses; however, this does not accurately reflect their legal position. Unlike married couples and civil […]

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I had assets before we met, are these included in our divorce settlement?

Dec 6th, 2017

A case heard by the Court of Appeal has left the law relating to financial disputes following divorce in a state of uncertainty. Rebecca Patience explores how the outcome of this case could impact the division of assets. What happened in the case? The case of Hart v Hart [2017] EWCA Civ 1306 involved high […]

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What are the new changes to child maintenance laws?

Nov 20th, 2017

Family lawyer Rebecca Patience examines recent government plans to make changes to the law surrounding child maintenance. Earlier this month, the government announced plans to remove a legal loophole that is often used by non-resident parents in an effort to avoid paying child maintenance. Following separation both parents are legally required to provide financial support […]

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Are women losing out on pensions because of divorce?

Nov 9th, 2017

New research suggests women face unique challenges as they prepare for retirement. Rebecca Patience, from Harrison Drury’s family team, looks at how divorce can affect pension funds. A survey of more than 10,000 people conducted by Scottish Widows has revealed that while 56 per cent of married people would fight for a fair share of […]

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My ex-partner and I can’t reach an agreement following separation. What can I do now?

Oct 10th, 2017

  When separating couples are unable to agree on arrangements for their children or finances, it may be necessary for the matter to be referred to the court for resolution. Since April 2014, anyone applying to the court for assistance in resolving disputes is required to attend a meeting known as a mediation information assessment […]

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Why is divorce on the decline?

Sep 28th, 2017

Figures released by the office for national statistics show a decline in the number of people getting divorced. Rebecca Patience, from Harrison Drury’s family team, explores these figures. Earlier this year, the Office for National Statistics released recent figures collated in relation to divorce in the United Kingdom. The results show a decline in the […]

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