Sorting out separation is part of the governments Help and Support for Separated Families (HSSF) network, which aims to help separated parents work together to achieve what's best for their children.
Bringing up children involves lots of joint decisions. If you are separated, it's harder to make these decisions and plans as you go along. 'Splitting Up? Put Kids First' helps you to create a FREE Parenting Plan online and learn the skills you need to make it work for you both. A parenting plan is a written or online agreement between parents. It helps you record how you will share the care of your child now and in the future. It can easily be changed and is not a legally binding agreement.
Child contact centres and services are neutral places where children of separated families can enjoy contact with their non-resident parents and sometimes other family members, in a comfortable and safe environment.
Home-Start volunteers help families with young children deal with the challenges they face. We support parents as they learn to cope, improve their confidence and build better lives for their children. They have over 250 Home Start projects accross the country - more info here.
Family Lives supports parents and families. It has a confidential helpline - 0808 800 2222; e-mail support and local support. its also has useful free online resources including a parenting courses.
Provides advice and practical support for single parents. They have expert advisers and lots of online resources including a step-by-step guilde to life's big changes. They run local groups all over the country - see more here.
The national charity which champions the vital role of grandparents and the wider family in children's lives – especially when they take on the caring role in difficult family circumstances and when they have lost contact with children
The Divorce Support Group (DSG) is the UK's only Professionally run divorce organisation providing local support groups and individual counselling to help you cope with the emotional and psychological impact of your divorce or separation.
This is a social networking and advice website giving parents of teenagers a space to support each other through the challenges and successes of bringing up teens.
I am a twice divorced mum of two lovely girls and giving divorce help, tips and advice on how to cope with divorce and separation is what I do. I also explain the effects of divorce on children and how to help them through it.
My name is Sue Atkins and I will teach you my no-nonsense, simple techniques & give you hundreds of my expert parenting articles, videos & podcasts so you can get back to the business of having fun with your family!
Chrisitina has lots of expereince and expertise in supporting parents who are going through sepration and divorce. Her site has lots of useful articles and resources.
For your children
This is an online support service run by kids for kids who are going through separation and divorce. They have iots of advice and experience from children who have been through it.
A Kidspace is a unique programme that supports children and young people through their parents separation.