Sensitivity & Clarity

Personal & Family

We are dedicated to the provision of straight forward but caring legal advice looking after the bests interests of our clients. If you are going through a difficult time as a result of the breakdown in a relationship, problems with contact with children or grandchildren or are having difficulty with financial arrangements divorce, separation and partnership dissolution we can help.


The adopting of a child can be a very stressful time, looking after the interests of the child at the same time struggling with officialdoms requirements. Let us take some of the strain from you and assist you with the formalities required. We can help with the authorities and also with the court proceedings leading to the adoption order.

Co-habiting Couples

Many couples are now choosing to live together rather than marry. We take care of those who choose to cohabit and, for example, we advise those who wish to buy a property together. The law applicable to the breakdown of co-habiting relationships is very different from that of married couples, particularly regarding the more dependent partner, from the law applied within divorce proceedings, we can ensure that you receive full and detailed advice upon your circumstances, the risks and benefits of cohabitation should you choose to live together.

Whether marrying or cohabiting, we can provide other services, for example make a Will for you so that you can choose whom you wish to benefit in the event of your death.

Contact with Children or Grand Children

One of the most distressing situations you can face is the separation and forced estrangement from children or grandchildren. Often this is enforced by a parent or parents but not necessarily in the interests of the child, children or grandchildren. We can assist you by ensuring that you have straight forward sensible advice allowing you to see a way forward possibly looking at initial contact to seek to re-engage and re-establish contact, after with mediation and ultimately if necessary with an application to the court.

We look to ensure that your interests are protected and importantly that the interests of children or grandchildren are properly considered.

“My family and I have used Michael McGarry from McGarry & Co since the firm opened. We have always been delighted by the straight forward helpful advice and assistance given.”

Jane Ritchie, West Burton Read Testimonials

Contact us at a location most convenient to you:


Market Place
Hawes, North Yorkshire

Barnard Castle

21 Galgate, Barnard Castle
Co. Durham DL12 8EQ


54 Main Street
Sedbergh, Cumbria
LA10 5AB


7 Railway Street
Leyburn, North Yorkshire


6 Station Road
Skipton North Yorkshire
BD23 5NQ


53 Coniscliffe Road,
Co. Durham