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Organisation: Family Mediation Helpline
Details: Provides general information on family mediation and can tell you whether your case may be suitable for mediation. Can also give information about eligibility for free help, and contact details for local mediation services.
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Organisation: Law Society
Details: Use the website to find a solicitor in your area.
Organisation: National Family Mediation
Details: This is a local network of not-for-profit family mediation services, which offers a practical approach to resolving disputes between separated or separating couples. Aims to help individuals reach joint decisions on issues associated with their separation such as children, finance or property.
Phone: 0300 4000 636
Details: Association of solicitors specialising in family law, who adopt a constructive, non-confrontational approach to family problems. It can provide a list of local members. The website contains free information on issues such as splitting up, parenting apart and child maintenance. Resolution produce a booklet, Separation and divorce – Helping parents to help children, a practical guide to handling the emotional aspects of separation or divorce.
Phone: 0845 758 5671
Details: Looks after the interests of children in family proceedings in England. It works with children and their families, then advise courts on what it considers to be in children’s best interests. The website has information about Cafcass for children, teenagers, parents and carers.
Phone: 0844 353 4332
Organisation: Cafcass Cymru
Details: Provides a voice for children in family court proceedings in Wales. It works with families and
children, then advise courts. Cases are referred to them by the courts.
Phone: 0300 062 5380
Organisation: Coram Children’s Legal Centre
Details: The child law advice line provides legal advice and information on all aspects of law and policy affecting children. Information is available on parental responsibility, contact and residence disputes.
Phone: 0808 8020 008
Organisation: HM courts service
Details: Help to find your local county court as well as information, court forms and guidance.
Organisation: Citizen’s Advice
Details: Information and advice on a wide range of issues including benefits and tax credits.
Phone: England: 08444 111 444; Wales: 08444 77 20 20
Organisation: Family Lives
Details: Provides information and support on all aspects of parenting, including bullying, eating, exams, truancy, toddlers, teenagers and more.
Phone: 0808 800 2222
Organisation: Family Rights Group
Details: Advises parents and other family members whose children are involved with or require children’s social care services because of welfare needs or concerns. The charity provides confidential advice to those living in England and Wales.
Phone: 0808 801 0366
Organisation: Gingerbread Single Parent Helpline
Details: Free information on a range of issues including maintenance, benefits, tax credits, debt, employment, education, legal rights and holidays. Open Mondays to Fridays, 9.00am – 5.00pm, with extended opening on Wednesdays to 8.00pm.
Phone: Freephone 0808 802 0925
Organisation: Men’s Advice Line
Details: Confidential helpline for men who have experienced or who are experiencing domestic abuse. Provides emotional support and practical advice including how to make yourself safer, where to get legal advice, how domestic abuse affects children and information for gay and bisexual men.
Phone: 0808 801 0327
Organisation: National Domestic Violence Helpline
Details: The freephone 24 hour National Domestic Violence Helpline is run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge. It is a national service for women experiencing domestic violence or their friends and families. A translation service is available.
Phone: 0808 2000 247
Organisation: One Parent Families Scotland Lone Parent Helpline
Details: Run by our partner organisation, the Lone Parent Helpline provides confidential advice and information for single parents in Scotland.
Phone: 0808 801 0323
Details: Provides a counselling service especially for children and young people who are having problems at home. Also offers a range of services for couples, families and individuals and supports them at all stages of their relationships.
Phone: 0300 100 1234
Organisation: Rights of Women
Details: Free, confidential legal advice by telephone for women on a wide variety of issues. Specialist areas include family law, lesbian parenting, divorce/relationship breakdown, children/contact issues and domestic violence.
Phone: 020 7251 6577
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