There are many organisations who provide emotional, practical and legal support to children and families involved in family breakdown and divorce.
Below are some links to information which you may find useful.
Information for people involved in family court proceedings
Guide produced by the Bar Council to help people who are involved in court proceedings without a lawyer. This is referred to by the court as as being a Litigant in Person (LiP.)
A community of family law solicitors, and other family justice professionals, who work with families and individuals to resolve issues in a constructive way, which is enshrined in their Code of Practice. Resolution members can be searched for by post code.
Support for domestic abuse
Professional association for members of the counselling professions in the UK. Members have to demonstrate high standards of practice to attain and retain their accreditation. They have a register of BACP counsellors and psychotherapists, as well as a directory of services, searchable by postcode.
Provider of family therapy relating to a wide range of issues, including parenting issues, marital difficulties, issues relating to divorce/separation, LGBTQ+ and family couple issues, coping with the aftermath of violence/abuse, etc.
National organisation providing relationship (and relationship breakdown) support via counselling. Services also include help with family life/parenting. Fees are sometimes on a sliding scale, according to income.
Organisation for the education, training, accreditation and regulation of psychotherapists/ psychotherapeutic counsellors in the UK. They exist to ensure practitioners meet stringent training requirements and abide by specific ethical standards. They hold a national register of accredited professionals.
Advice and support for parents
(practical, financial, and Legal)
he Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service operates under the rules and direction of the family courts to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, give advice to the family courts, make provision for children to be represented in court and provide information, advice and support to children and their families.
Gov.uk site explaining the options for arranging child maintenance payments if a private arrangement between parents has not been possible, including information about how to apply.
Charity that works with parents (and extended family) in England and Wales whose children are in need, at risk, or are in the care system, to champion policies and practice that can keep children safe within their family.
Online tool and App to help parents in shared parenting arrangements with communication and organisation, including managing schedules, tracking expenses, sharing files, sending secure messages, etc.
Independent charity that promotes the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children in the UK and around the world, including by producing free resources for families to help promote children’s resilience.
Children and their families
A collaboration between young people, the family law/mediation sectors and The Family Initiative charity to provide a dedicated place for young people to find help and support when experiencing their parent’s divorce/separation. Includes a place for young people to share their stories, as well as resources to help parents talk with their children about their experience of the divorce/separation.
Research relevant to mediation, family breakdown & divorce
- National Audit Report: Legal aid and mediation for people involved in family breakdown (2007)
- Making contact: How parents and children negotiate and experience conflict after divorce by Liz Trinder, Mary Beek & Jo Connolly (2002)
- Supporting children through family change: A review of interventions and services for children of divorcing and separating parents by Joanna Hawthorne, Julie Jessop, Jan Pryor & Martin Richards (2003)
- Decision-making within a child’s timeframe: An overview of current research evidence…. by Rebecca Brown and Harriet Ward (2012)
- Taking a longer view of contact: the perspectives of young adults who experienced parental separation in their youth by Jane Fortin, Joan Hunt & Lesley Scanlan (2012)
- Life gets under your skin, edited by Professor Mel Bartley (2012)