Advice & Support
We have created a list of websites and organisations that we feel will be of assistance if you are representing yourself (we are in the process of adding to this list so please check back here regularly : 

 

Advice Guide  the Citizen's Advice Bureau is an extensive guide to family and relationship matters including aspects of family life that may be troubling you, for example, what happens if your partner dies and there is no will 

 

Centre for Separated Families provide information and advice for everyone affected by family separation to help bring better outcomes for children. They specialise in working with families where children have rejected a parent or are at risk of doing so. 

 

Child Maintenance Options  you can calculate child maintenance here and there is a precedent for a private child maintenance agreement 

 

Child Protection Resource provides information, advice and support for anyone involved in the child protection system

 

Children's Legal Centre provides free legal information, advice and representation to children, young people, their families, carers and professionals

 

Dad Info helpful tips on communicating, negotiating and solving problems following separation as well as an active Dads forum

 

DirectGov here you will find an A-Z comprehensive guide to all matters relating to divorce, children and finance

 

The Family Court without a Lawyer by Lucy Reed is the book you need if you have to go to court to sort out issues relating to separation, money or children

 

Families Need Fathers offer information, advice and support services to help parents achieve a positive outcome for their children

 

The Family Procedure Rules and Practice Directions which include the amendments made in April 2014 and can be downloaded from the Ministry of Justice site in PDF format

 

Grandparents Association the national charity that supports all grandparents and their families

 

Match is a charity offering support and information to mothers apart from their children

 

Money Advice Service offers information on financial issues and has sections on divorce and separation

 

National Association of Child Contact Centres has a search facility for contact centres by type and location

 

National Family Mediation is the largest provider of family mediation in England and Wales

 

National Youth Advocacy Service is a UK charity providing advocacy, advicem information and legal representation to children, young people and vulnerable adults

 

One Plus One is a charity whose aim is to strengthen couple and family relationships, they have an excellent online parenting plan

 

Only Mums and Only Dads are a wealth of information on legal, financial and emotional matters 

 

Refuge Support and information on domestic violence 

 

Samaritans are available 24 hours a day providing confidential emotional support

 

Shelter The housing and homelessness charity

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Disclaimer
 
Family Court Friend is NOT a legal advice service.  It is a support and guidance service.  

 

Although  Deborah Nelson is a qualified Solicitor she does  not hold a practising Certificate to be able to advise you as to the merits of your case.  We are providing a service to you as a McKenzie Friends/Legal Assistants and therefore will not be responsible for any adverse decisions made in your case resulting from documents we have helped you prepare and guidance given to you prior to or during court proceedings.  We will not be responsible for any decisions made by you, the court or the other party's solicitor. or applications, 

 

If you require advice about the merits of your case or application or what to say in your statements you should consult a Practising Solicitor who is regulated by the Solicitor's Regulation Authority or a Direct Access Barrister.