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.

Mediation

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

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.

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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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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, […]






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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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