Who We Are
Rebecca Giraud, Director
Rebecca joined OnlyMums in 2009 having returned from working on a range of social development projects both in the UK and overseas. Having worked with vulnerable families for over 15 years, she recognised the need and value of giving parents access to accurate professional on-line support especially victims of domestic abuse. She also volunteers for the Support Through Court. Rebecca lives on Dartmoor with her family.
Bob Greig, Director
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 lives just outside Totnes with his two daughters.
Our advisory group bring valuable skills and expertise to all areas of our work. We are extremely grateful for their time and on-going support.
Norman Hartnell – The Family Law Company.
Dr Angharad Rudkin – Southampton University.
Claire Easterman – Resolution.
Melanie Carew – Cafcass
What We Do
We support parents who are looking to make the best decisions for their family during separation and divorce.
We do this in 4 ways:
- We offer a live-chat facility to parents via the websites and an e-mail exchange service via our contact page. Both are free to use.
- We commission and publish professionally written advice articles to support our client group on key issues around the law, mediation, housing, finance and general parenting.
- (Subject to funds) We provide free copies of our ‘101’ Questions’ to parents who need it through our ‘A Good Place To Start’ initiative.
- We continue to develop our Green Phone initiative, we have 100+ family solicitors nationwide donating their time to offer victims of domestic abuse advice on their options.
What We Don’t Do
Discriminate – we help parents regardless of background, ethnic group, sexual orientation or family set-up.
The fathers’ rights thing or favour the mother’s rights over that of the father.
Align with any political party.
Take commission from any of the family law professionals we work with.
Provide full legal services free of charge.
We share evidence-based research in an accessible format. Dr Angharad Rudkin of Southhampton University provides the summaries.
The OnlyMums & OnlyDads Family Law Panel
The Family Law Panel is a UK-wide network of leading family law mediators and solicitors. It offers the public a free initial information service and a range pricing options. You can access the panel here – it’s easy to use.
All members of the panel are signed-up to the Resolution Code of Practice that promotes a constructive approach to family issues.
The panel consists of specialists in Domestic Abuse, Children and Legal Aid.
How Are We funded?
We do not receive any government grants or core funding but rely on:
Family Law Panel & Green Phone Initiative joining fees.
OnlyDads was established by Bob in 2008 as a web-based forum for men going through the family court system. The idea was that men could use the forum and support each other. 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 and it allowed us to set up an organisation that encouraged mums and dads to work together.
Rebecca became a director of the newly expanded OnlyMums & OnlyDads in 2009 and we began managing two websites under the structure of one organisation. This has now become the key focus of our work; that we are there for both parents.