Resources for separating families

There are many supportive organisations out there and we can only include a selection here. We hope it helps you on your journey.

How can Resolution help you?

We have lots of information on our website to help you understand the different options for separating – most of which avoid going to court.  Start here.

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CAFCASS support children and young people who are going through care or adoption proceedings, or whose parents have separated and are unable to agree about future arrangements for their children. They have resources for children and adults, including a parenting plan which parents can use to note down what they’ve agreed about arrangements for their children and top tips for separated parents.

0300 456 4000

Family Mediation Council

Explains how family mediation works and includes a search facility for finding a local mediator.


An online interactive parenting plan offered by One Plus One, and includes links to videos that help you to communicate better with your ex-partner

Parent Connection

Resources to help separating parents work things out for themselves. Includes the Listening Room, a live chat service, and parent forums.


Relationship advice and information for parents who are separating or have separated. Relate have a wealth of resources on their website for separating families.

0300 100 1234

Other support organisations

Advice UK

Provides a directory of advice-giving organisations.

Association for Family Therapy and Systematic Practice

Information on what’s involved in family therapy and a directory of practitioners.


Offers a free confidential helpline for children and young people, open 24 hours a day.

0800 1111

Family Lives

Support for parents who are reaching crisis point.

0808 800 2222


Provides advice, practical support and campaigns for single parents. Offers factsheets and discussion forums.

0808 802 0925

Home Start

Support for parents

0116 464 5940


Provides an independent online information, advice and support hub, just for kinship carers (grandparents, uncles, aunts, older siblings, family friends etc who take on the care of children). The one place you can go for information, expert advice and support for every stage of your kinship care journey.

0300 123 7015

Mental Health Foundation

Information on all aspects of mental health and emotional issues, including addiction and substance abuse.


Mental health charity with a range of online support and information, including an information line and a legal advice service.

0300 123 3393

Money Helper Advice Service

Information, tools and advice on money issues.

National Association of Child Contact Centres

Keep children in touch with parents following separation within a national framework of child contact centres and services.

National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS)

Provides specialist information, advice, advocacy and legal representation for children and young people up to the age of 25.

0808 808 1001


Help and advice for adults who are worried about a child or need advice about child protection.

0808 800 5000

Only Mums and Only Dads

Two separate websites for single parents. Both provide access to Resolution member solicitors, barristers and mediators free of charge.

Parenting. Give it Time (Wales)

Free practical tips and expert advice for parenting challenges.
0808 800 2222

Reunite International (Child Abduction Centre)

UK charity specialising in international parental child abduction and the movement of children across international borders. They offer a telephone advice line, a mediation service and an information hub.
0116 2556 234

Rights of Women

Provides free, confidential legal advice on a range of issues including domestic abuse, family law, divorce and relationship breakdown. Free leaflets available to download from the website.


24-hour helpline for confidential emotional support for those experiencing despair or distress.



Practical help for families who need more in-depth help to keep their home, or to settle into a new one after being homeless.

0808 800 4444

Single Parents

Information for single parents

If you are a victim of domestic abuse

Both Parents Matter Cymru (Wales)

0333 050 6815

Galop (National LGBTQ+ helpline)

Works with and for LGBT+ victims and survivors of abuse and violence
0800 999 5428

Live Fear Free Helpline

National Helpline for Wales and provides information, advice and support.
0808 80 10 800 Croesawir galwadau yn Gymraeg / Calls are welcomed in Welsh.

Text: 07860 077333



Offers a free 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline in partnership with Women’s Aid to provide advice and support to anyone experiencing domestic abuse. Provides safe, emergency accommodation throughout the UK. Website offers a useful help for children section.

0808 2000 247

Respect (Men’s advice line)

Support and advice for male victims of domestic violence, information for their families and for men who want to change their violent and abusive behaviour.

0808 801 0327

Welsh Women’s Aid / Cymorth i Ferched Cymru

Women’s Aid

Offers a free 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline as well as an online guide ‘The Survivors Handbook’. Children may also benefit from visiting their kids’ website ‘The Hideout’.

0808 2000 247

When a parent has an addiction

Alcoholics Anonymous

Help for people who think they have a problem with alcohol.

0845 769 7555 or 0800 917 7650


Offers hope and help to families and friends of alcoholics or young people whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking.

Families Anonymous

National helpline offers free support to anyone affected by the drug abuse of a family member. Nationwide self-help groups are available.

020 7498 4680

Gamblers Anonymous

Offers advice for compulsive gamblers and their families.


Organisation offering meetings for families affected by a gambling problem. Support meetings are available in most areas.

Narcotics Anonymous

Recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean.

0300 999 1212

Useful publications

(Almost) Anything But Family Court

by Jo O’Sullivan, £13.99

available from:

Family Court without a Lawyer (4th edn)

by Lucy Reed, £20.00

available from:

Separating with Children 101 (3rd edn)

by Rebecca Giraud and Bob Greig, £20.00 print / £9.99 digital

available from: