“The sum of life needs to be pleasure. What’s the point of having a million medals, cups and planes if you don’t have any fun? And how is that winning?”

James Hunt


Ruth, previously a Partner and Head of the Family department for FDR Law, is a highly experienced family lawyer of more than 25 years and a specialist in Children Law, both public and private. She has been a member of the Law Society Children Panel for more than 20 years, is a Member of Resolution, Reunite and works closely with the Association of Lawyers for Children as a Member of their organisation, attending the executive committee meetings. She is also a representative on the Cheshire and Merseyside Family Justice Board, often arranging training courses for her fellow professionals.

Ruth, who conducts her own advocacy, has acted for children, parents and grandparents on all areas of children law, including complex injury cases, sexual and physical abuse, infant death, jurisdictional issues, including trafficking, relocation cases, adoption and special guardianship.

Her many Children public law cases include drug and alcohol issues, complex jurisdiction issues, injuries to children, child abduction and international matters.  When acting for parents, she understands learning disabilities, the cycle of domestic abuse and deals with experts in other fields to ensure all matters are presented to the court.  Her Children private law matters include living arrangements for children, parents wishing to move children to another jurisdiction, the interplay of domestic abuse, including physical, emotional and sexual abuse. This can lead to linked criminal proceedings, which Ruth has frequently dealt with.

Her work also encompasses divorce and financial matters, including complex company assets, pension and trusts. She works as a collaborative lawyer when dealing with divorce, finance and children issues in this area.  “I believe that this approach brings with it a different perspective,” she says, “in that by working together with other collaborative lawyers, it is possible to better achieve possible settlement solutions.”

Ruth also works with teenagers in relation to deprivation of liberty/secure accommodation orders: having fostered children for many years, she has seen the other side of care proceedings and this experience allows her a deeper and more personal understanding of the issues inherent in such situations.


Divorce Procedure


Seperation Agreements


Civil Partnerships


Financial Provision for Children


Pensions and Divorce

Pensions and divorce

Business and Divorce

Businesses and divorce

Freezing Orders

Freezing orders

Financial Disputes

Free and post Nuptial Agreements

Pre and post nuptial agreements

International and Expat Divorce

International and expat divorce

Children Disputes

International Child Relocation

International child relocation

Grandparents' Rights

Grandparents' rights

Child Maintenance

Child Maintenance

Child Care Proceedings

Child Care Proceedings

What others say:

“Ruth is a talented and dedicated solicitor. She is a clear communicator, proactive and a pleasure to work with. She is professional, you can always rely on her to do what she says she will do and her work is always top quality.” Helen McGuire, barrister

“Just a few words regarding the helpful , straightforward and friendly service provided by Ruth Hetherington and her assistance in navigating me through the maze of divorce proceedings; I have nothing but praise for her approach, empathy and sensible advice.” Alan R

“I am truly grateful to Ruth Hetherington. I needed her assistance to bring an end to years of court proceedings relating to my children. Ruth is an exceptional solicitor. She is incredibly knowledgeable and has a wealth of experience in her area of work. She is a professional of the highest standard who is also friendly, approachable and has a compassionate understanding of family life. I cannot thank Ruth enough for all she has done for me, and my family. I very highly recommend her, and McAlister Family Law.” Nick, client  


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