Who are we?
Rebecca Giraud, Director
Rebecca joined OnlyMums in 2009 after having returned from working on a range of social development projects with marginalized communities in southern Africa, the south Pacific and subsequently in the UK.
In her previous role as a consultant she worked in the field of domestic abuse. Her role within OnlyMums means she is regularly in contact with victims of domestic abuse and is particularly passionate about ensuring victims have easy access to professional support. Rebecca lives on Dartmoor with her family.
Bob Greig, Director (photo)
Bob founded OnlyMums & OnlyDads in 2007 having recognised a lack of dependable on-line information and support for families going through divorce and separation.
After graduating from King’s College, London and prior to founding OM/OD, he worked for 16 years as a senior property manager for the Church of England and King Sturge.
Bob is often asked to talk to the media on issues around fatherhood and single parenting. He recently appeared on the Radio 4 series, Bringing up Britain, presented by Mariella Frostrup. (link?)
He lives just outside Totnes with his two daughters.
Our advisory group supports us in integrating the work of our family law and mediation professionals with other key parent support organisations to ensure that we are delivering a high quality service and one which reflects the demands of the parents and other professionals who use our sites.
Chairman – Norman Hartnell – MD, The Family Law Company (by Hartnell Chanot).
Melanie Carew – Head of Cafcass Legal.
Sian Hawkins – Public Affairs/Policy Officer, Women’s Aid.
Dalia Ben-Galim – Director of Policy, Advice and Communications, Gingerbread.
Michael Lewkowicz – Business Manager, Familie Need Fathers
Dr Angharad Rudkin – Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, Southampton University.
Claire Easterman – Director of Operations, Resolution.
Mary Shaw – Family solicitor, Mediator and Collaborative lawyer, David Gray Solicitors.
Camilla Khawaja – FLP Director of Education, Barrister, Direct Access Accredited.
OnlyDads was established by Bob in 2007 as a web-based forum for men who were feeling downcast and fragile having been through the family court system. The idea was that men could use the forum and share the burden. However, men contacting the website weren’t using the forum and instead were largely seeking some legal support on their case.
By the end of the first year, and with more mums contacting OnlyDads than dads, it became clear that something different was needed.
The bringing together of a “mums side” to the work was logical. It also enabled us to distance OnlyDads from the fathers’ rights movement.
Rebecca became a director of the newly expanded OnlyMums & OnlyDads in 2009 and we began managing two brand new websites under the structure of one organisation. This has now become an important element of our work; that we are there for both parents.
We have now been awarded the Government’s Help and Support for Separated Families (HSSF) mark, demonstrating that our services support parents to work together to resolve disputes and help them focus on the interest of their children.
OnlyMums & OnlyDads is a registered Community Interest Company (Company no. 8293558)
What do we do?
We support parents who are struggling to make important decisions during separation and divorce.
We currently do this in 5 ways:
- We offer a live-chat facility to parents via the websites and an email exchange service via our contact page (link). Both are free to use.
- Our principle service (also free) to parents is delivered via our national network of legal and mediation experts – The Family Law Panel. This gives parents a chance to discuss their options for moving forward with a professional by e-mail or phone.
- We provide an up to date collection of articles (written by professionals) to inform our client group on key issues around the law, mediation, housing and finance, and general parenting.
- We provide evidence-based research in an accessible format. Dr Angharad Rhudkin of Southhampton University provides the summaries.
- We run the annual “Westminster Dialogues” (link) which raise issues of concern around family law with professionals, politicians, and those organisations that can effect change.
What we don’t do
- Discriminate – we help parents in whatever way we can regardless of background, ethnic group, sexual orientation or family set-up.
- Align with any party or campaigning group.
- We do not take commission or fees from any of the family law professionals we work with.
- We do not provide full legal services free of charge.
To be the place to go to for initial legal support and advisory resources so that families going through separation accessing our sites can find relevant, accurate, and up to date information and advice.
To be the link between parents and professionals.
This will be achieved by:
- Ensuring the public are aware of the Family Law Panel (link) as the starting point for parents seeking free initial legal direction on their particular situation.
- Developing other areas of support to enable those who are unable to afford legal services the ability to access professional advice and guidance.
- Continuing to develop working relationships with national organisations who provide particular expertise to families going through separation and divorce.
- Continuing to work closely with Resolution (link) and its family law members
- Developing close working partnerships with academics and research bodies to bring research into the public arena.
- Continue to expand and develop our library of informative (professional) articles on issues that affect those going through separation.
- Responding to recommendations and suggestions from our clients, partners, and stakeholders.
The Family Law Panel
The Family Law Panel is a nationwide consortium of experts delivered by OnlyMums & OnlyDads dedicated to supporting families by empowering them to make the best choices when navigating the legal process. Members of the Panel offer the public a diagnostic service completely free of charge, and work exclusively with Resolution members. The Panel is open to Resolution solicitors, mediators and barristers.
How are we funded?
We do not receive any government grants or core funding but rely on:
Family Law Panel Membership fees
You can find out more about how to support our work here.