Worthingtons Solicitors

Clare Curran


Clare is a highly experienced lawyer who has specialised in family, matrimonial and child care law for over 20 years.  Clare was appointed Partner in charge of the Family Department in 2007 and heads up our committed and busy team operating from both our Belfast and North Down offices based in Newtownards.  Clare has specialist expertise and extensive experience in dealing with all aspects of family and matrimonial law including separation and divorce, resolving financial disputes following relationship breakdown, acting on behalf of high net worth individuals, acting in cases with an international element, advising on pre and post nuptial settlements, cohabitation disputes, civil partnerships, domestic violence issues, complex Children’s cases, international child abduction, and care, adoption and wardship proceedings.  Clare is an accredited member of the Children Order Panel, a select group of legal advisors appointed to act on behalf of children in specified proceedings.  She is also a qualified Collaborative lawyer and Advanced Advocate, meaning she is able to represent clients at all court levels.

"Excellent professional, sensitive representation. " "Attentive, informed and proactive."

Career Highlights

  • Drafting and negotiating complex financial settlements involving various assets including foreign and inherited property, pensions, trusts, investments, businesses and farms.
  • Successfully represented clients in niche financial claims including ‘injury on duty’ payments during marriage as part of divorce settlement.
  • Successfully secured the return of children removed by Social Services in alleged ‘non accidental injury’ cases.
  • Represented clients in a range of complex international child custody cases involving multiple jurisdictions, including UK and RoI, Australia and Asia and assisted in acting in a number of cases under the Hague Convention cases seeking ‘return orders’ for children wrongfully abducted to Northern Ireland.

Clare Curran's latest article

Separation and Divorce: How to Prioritise Your Child’s Mental Health

Clare Curran, Family Law Partner at Worthingtons Solicitors looks at how best to prioritise the mental wellbeing of children involved in a relationship breakdown. There is a huge focus currently on...

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