Raworths Family Law


Universal Credit – what separating spouses need to know

As the controversy around universal credit continues, Jo Lofthouse looks at the contentious policy and explains what divorcing couples need to be aware of. As many of you will know universal credit is the benefit payment that ...

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End of the Blame Game?

Could a new consultation be the beginning of the end for fault based divorces? Fault based divorce has been around for a long time and for those who have been through a divorce they will be familiar with the aggravating nature ...

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A Universal Fact - nothing ever remains the same! Just as we flew the nest and made our way in the world, our children have now arrived to complete the cycle.

PNG%20logoPeace of mind comes from knowing that we have done all that we can to safeguard and protect our families and ourselves. As our lives evolve we know that sometimes things go wrong, relationships come unstuck and the only certainty in life is death.

Yet with some planning and preparation everyone can reduce their worry and risk.

According to Relate 41% of marriages end in divorce, and many couples approach marriage with good jobs and substantial assets. Although this is not romantic, the obviously conclusion is that there is an inevitable risk of future disputes over money for a large number of couples. There is a way of reducing this risk for many – a pre-nup. We know that it is difficult to broach such a subject during the throws of romance, when the emotional head says “no”, but the more sensible head should say “yes” to a pre-nuptial agreement far more often.

Making a will won’t kill you; but having one will make sure that what you and your family want happens in the most effective way. No-one should assume that this is so if you don’t have a will.

Making a will or preparing a living together/prenuptial agreement are highly effective ways of reducing real risks to you and your family

RAWORTHS FAMILY LAW is part of a full service Solicitors firm located next to Waitrose in central Harrogate. We are not only specialists in Family Law but have the added advantage of experts in other related fields who are used to working together, in an integrated way, to cover all the needs you may have. Particularly where assets are involved, our Family Law Unit has immediate access to our property, commercial, trust and other expertise when needed.

All our family law team live in Harrogate and two of us still have small children at school/nursery. We know the issues you might be facing and we have an excellent reputation for straightforward, friendly but incisive advice. Our approach is to support you and stand your corner, while making sure that we keep conflict to an absolute minimum. We can offer the correct tailored solution for you, and have a dedicated mediation service and two of our solicitors are experienced Collaborative Lawyers.

We offer a free, no obligation, half hour appointment with our family team to discuss family issues that might be affecting you.


Head of the Family unit and Solicitor

E: Email Carmelita

I have two children aged 8 and almost 10. Originally from Durham I have lived in Harrogate for 15 years and consider myself to possess essential Yorkshire qualities. I am a committed Collaborative lawyer, a member of the Collaborative Regional Committee and an Advanced member of the Law Society Family Law Panel.

In my spare time there is nothing better than a day walking in the Yorkshire hills.

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Managing Partner and Solicitor

E: Email Zoe

I now have two grown up boys, recently flown the nest. I am both a mediator and collaborative lawyer having been one of the first to qualify in the local area. I am also an Advanced member of the Law Society Family Law Panel. My role of Managing Partner provides me with practical experience of being a hands-on businesswoman who understands the commercial side of running a successful business. In my spare time I enjoy walking, gardening and reading.

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Senior Associate Chartered Legal Executive

E: Email Jo

I am Harrogate born and bred, having attended Harrogate Ladies College and Rossett High School. In my spare time I ride off-road motorbikes and regularly compete both in the UK and abroad. When not throwing myself around a muddy course I am also a keen baker, and I am steadily learning Spanish. My special area of interest is in connection with financial issues surrounding separation and divorce, in particular where there are farming issues.

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