Thank you for contacting us. Over the summer holiday we are not as available as usual, so we hope the information here will be helpful to you. We will get back to you after the August bank holiday.
Our next picket of the Central Family Court is on Wednesday 6 September, 12.30 – 1.30pm.
If you want to attend our next self help meeting for mothers/primary carers please send an email and we’ll get back to you. If you haven’t been before please answer the questions here Link, and email them back to us.
If your case is urgent, please contact your nearest Law Centre or Citizens Advice Bureau and see if they can help. There is general information about the family court process here. You can also have a look at our draft self-help guide, which will be up in the next few days.
If you are in London, the Personal Support Unit at the Central Family Court can help you with understanding the court process and filling in forms, but NOT legal advice. You can call 0207421 8534/3 to make an appointment to see an advisor. There is also an advice service at the Royal Courts of Justice. You can apply to the Bar Pro Bono Unit for a barrister to represent you (they need at least three weeks’ notice of a hearing).
Questions about your family situation
Please email your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org to help us know what your situation is and the help you might need. Any information you send is confidential.
Do you live in London or outside?
How many children do you have?
Are your children living with you? If not, where are they?
How old are they?
Are you a single parent?
Is the children’s father on their birth certificate?
When did your case start?
Have you suffered domestic violence? Did you report it? What was the outcome?
Do you or your children have a disability?
Are social services/CAFCASS involved in your case?
What stage is your case at now e.g. do you have any court cases, meetings with social services or CAFCAS coming up?
If so what date and what are they about?
Do you have a lawyer and if so what firm are they from and what are they saying they can do to help you?
Do you have other support from friends, family, carers?
What particular help do you need?
Support not Separation launched at moving powerful meeting
Thank you to all who attended the launch of the coalition Support not Separation (SnS) on 11 July. The room was packed. People spoke movingly and with great power from their own experience. Four MPs attended: Emma Lewell-Buck, shadow minister for children and families; Sarah Champion, shadow minister for women and equalities; shadow chancellor John McDonnell; and Mohammad Yasin, newly elected to represent Bedford.
The detailed report below has quotes from those who spoke and lists the proposals made; you can also watch the speeches.
If you would like to join or to be involved in other ways, including by helping with case work, please let us know. SnS’s statement of aims, members so far are on LAW’s website and you can download the dossier Suffer the little Children & their Mothers.