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.
Dr Angharad Rudkin, Child Clinical Psychologist.
Norman Hartnell, Managing Director, The Family Law Company
Melissa Davies, Chief Executive, MD Communications
Louisa Dickson, Family Mediator, Southern Family Mediation
Claire Easterman, Director of Operations, Resoution
Adele Ballantyne Psychotherapist/Counselling, Eleda Consulting
What We Do
We support parents who are struggling to make the best decisions for their family during separation and divorce.
We do this in 5 ways. We:
Provide a unique service for parents needing support, see A Neutral Space.
Commission and publish professionally written advice articles to support our client group on key issues around the law, mediation, domestic abuse, housing, finance and general parenting.
Campaign on initiatives that support co-parenting, see the Parents Promise.
Run the Green Phone initiative with family law professionals donating their time to victims of domestic abuse. Professionals taking part can be identified by a green phone symbol. You can find them here.
Deliver child-focused training to those in the family justice sector. Current programme ‘What About Henry?’.
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 & Dads Family Law Panel
Finding a good family solicitor or mediator is rarely straightforward. To support parents we created the Family Law Panel, a directory that is free to use, easy to view and use and highlights key areas of support available, including those participating in the Green Phone initiative.
All members are registered and regulated with their respective professional bodies. Before they appear on this panel, they have demonstrated to us a real commitment to their profession and to the parents and families they work with.
What you won’t find is any ‘quick fixes’, or guarantees of instant success. What you will get is the best possible advice available. You can access it here.
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 & Dads 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.