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If you’re struggling with a family dispute and need help moving on, I’m here to get you through those tough times. With over 27 years’ experience in all areas of family law, I bring a calm, positive approach to my cases, and will do everything I can to give you a fresh start.

I often deal with cases where complex financial arrangements are involved, especially in regards to high net worth individuals and military families. However, I work with clients from all backgrounds, including spouses, co-habiting couples, same sex couples, newly engaged couples, parents and grandparents. I also advise on kinship care, and have links with organisations such as Kinship Carers and Grandparents Plus.

After a busy day at the office, I like to unwind by playing with the Ledbury Community Brass Band – come and see us if you’re in the area!

Assistance with financial proceedings leads to client testimonial

Clare Whittaker, a partner within the Hereford Family Law team, assisted by Jennifer Lindup, a Chartered Legal Executive, regularly assists clients within divorce and related financial proceedings. They provided advice, understanding and support to a client within contested financial remedy proceedings and secured the client a favourable settlement during the Financial Dispute Hearing, avoiding the need for attendance at a Final Hearing. They received the following thanks from the client. “Thanks for all this, Clare: I really appreciate all the hard work that you and Jenni have put into my case over the past two years”.
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“I couldn’t have wished for better representation”: high praise in child contact case

Clare Whittaker recently assisted a client throughout negotiations in respect of child contact arrangements, whereby the father refused to accept the child didn’t want to have contact with him. Clare assisted the child’s mother throughout negotiations and court proceedings, concluding in an outcome which was child-focused, and in line with the child’s wishes and feelings. Her client had the following comments… “I just wanted to send a final email to say thank you so much for all of your help. You've kept a calm head and given clear, concise advice throughout, as well as managing to be humorous and empathic when needed. “My son and I couldn't have wished for better representation and our brilliant final result was, to a large extent, down to your excellent work. I will always be grateful, and whilst I'm very hopeful that we will remain in your archives, you will be the first place I come to should I find myself in need of help again”.
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Guidance with divorce in difficult times

Divorce is commonly a very tough time for those experiencing it, which is why they need knowledgeable support at each step. Clare Whittaker has a wealth of experience when assisting clients throughout every stage of their divorce. She recently received the following from a new client: “Thank you again for everything, you've been like an angel in these really frightening and dark times. I am extremely grateful for the work you've done so far for me, and your great advice and support.”
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Support through divorce delays and frustration

Delays and complications can often make divorce harder, and support through the Covid-19 pandemic, with the full range of divorce issues including financial matters, brought thanks for Clare Whittaker’s work. The client said: “I just wanted to say many thanks for guiding me through this horrible and frustrating process and all the help you provided.”
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Support and expertise for relationship breakdown

Relationship breakdowns are especially hard when children are also involved, and Clare Whittaker’s combination of expertise, experience and sensitivity made a difficult situation easier for her client, who said: I am so glad it went as it did and it's all thanks to your hard work. I thought it would be a hard battle… it has been challenging, but having a good solicitor helps with that.”
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Reducing divorce court stress

Receiving good advice and support throughout the divorce process can reduce the stress and anxiety that a lot of people experience at this difficult time. Supporting clients throughout all aspects of their case, including attendance and support at court hearings, are all part of the job. Clare Whittaker recently represented a client at court and received the following comment: “I just wanted to express my thanks for yesterday. You were amazing!”
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Top Tips & FAQs

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The more prepared you are, the better. Whenever we meet, make sure you bring any relevant information with you.

Be willing to accept my advice. I’m acting in your best interests, and I know the system very well.

Negotiation can save a lot of time and upset – a day in court will rarely be a good idea and is often costly.

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How long will it take?

The time for a case to be resolved can vary – it depends on how cooperative each person is within the negotiations, and what your lawyers recommend.

Will I have to speak in court?

Not always. I’ll act as your spokesperson, and you may only have to give evidence at a final hearing.

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