National Family Support services

Divorce and Separation

Information for those affected by divorce and seperation

Action for Children (opens in a new tab) 

Children and Family Court Advisory and Support (Cafcass) (opens in a new tab) 

Child Maintenance Options (opens in a new tab) 

A free service that provides impartial information and support to help separated parents make decisions about their child maintenance arrangements

Sorting out separation (opens in a new tab)

Helping you deal with relationship break-down.

Advice now (opens in a new tab)

Advicenow provides clear, step-by-step, user-friendly practical guides, and ‘top picks’ from the rest of the web, to help you manage life’s legal problems. Here’s a useful guidance on sorting out arrangements for your children following separation or divorce. 

Listening Room (opens in a new tab)

A free live chat service also provided by One Plus One, which offers one-to-one support to anyone needing somewhere to offload concerns they might have about their relationship. The service has a team of ‘helpers’ who are trained counsellors on-hand to listen and act as a sounding board and help people to find solutions to their relationship problems themselves. It is not a counselling session or mediation service. 

Relate (opens in a new tab)

Also offers advice, relationship counselling, sex therapy, workshops, mediation, consultations and support face-to-face, by phone and through their website 

Separated Parents Information Programme (opens in a new tab)

A guide for parents which provides information on the process of separation, how it can affect children and ideas for supporting children through it to minimise the negative impact on them 

Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships (opens in a new tab)

A short guide which is intended to help parents who are in the process of separation consider the needs of their children Citizen’s Advice Bureau.

Pinnington Law (opens in a new tab)

The Non Lawyers Guide to Legal Terms. 

Jordan Publishing (opens in a new tab)

Family Law Resources Online 

ID: 1873, revised 02/10/2023