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Organisation: Child Maintenance Options
Details: Information about your options for arranging child maintenance, and making a family-based arrangement.
Phone: 0800 988 0988
Organisation: Civil Legal Advice
Details: Can assess your eligibility for legal aid and signpost to local sources of help.
Phone: 0345 345 4345
Organisation: Coram Children’s Legal Centre
Details: Coram Children's Legal Centre provides advice in law and policy affecting children and young people.
Details: A website for fathers including information on relationships, child development, becoming a dad, getting legal advice, making contact with your child and parenting. Discussion area where fathers can share ideas, find information and discuss parenting issues.
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 Mediation Council
Details: Provides an online database of family mediators.
Organisation: Family Mediator’s Association
Details: Provides information on family mediation, and directs to local mediation services.
Phone: 01355 244594
Organisation: Family Rights Group
Details: Confidential advice for parents and other family members if social workers are involved in your child's life, or you need extra support from Children's Services. They also have a parental advocacy project.
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 10am to 6pm, Tuesday/Thursday/Friday 10am to 4pm and Wednesdays 10am-1pm and 5pm to 7pm
Phone: Freephone 0808 802 0925
Organisation: National Association of Child Contact Centres
Details: A network of centres across the UK that allow parents to see their children in a safe place.
Supervised and supported contact is available. Provides a neutral environment, usually with games and toys available for children.
Phone: 0845 4500 280
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: National Family Mediation
Details: Aims to help individuals reach joint decisions on issues associated with their separation such as children, finance or property. Can answer general enquiries relating to mediation and put callers in touch with local not-for-profit mediation services.
Phone: 0300 4000 636
Details: For help if you are worried about the safety of a child. Information for parents and carers supporting children who have experienced or witnessed domestic violence.
Phone: 0808 800 5000
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: Offers a range of services and provides support at all stages of relationships. Relate also provides a counselling service especially for children and young people.
Phone: 0300 100 1234
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.
Phone: 0168 982 0272
Details: Charity providing advice, information and support on all issues related to international parental child abduction, prevention of abduction, international contact issues, and cases of permission to remove a child from the country.
Phone: 0116 2556 234
Organisation: Rights of Women
Details: Free, confidential legal advice by telephone for women on a wide variety of issues. Specialist areas include family law, divorce/relationship breakdown, children/contact issues and domestic violence.
Phone: 020 7251 6577
Organisation: The Parent Connection
Details: The website supports parents through separation and parenting difficulties. There are a range of resources including articles, videos and support to develop a new parenting relationship after separation, along with practical ideas to overcome problems.
This factsheet will help you make effective arrangements for your child about where they live and when they spend time with each parent and their family and friends. These are important decisions for all the family, and there are many things to consider, so it may take time to find arrangements that work for you all.
Making arrangements for your children.pdf
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