Useful Links and Support
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The following professionals provide advice and support to those going through divorce and family breakdown:
- Annie O'Neil - New Horizons Divorce Coaching
A qualified personal coach dedicated to helping you reinvent your life after divorce (more ...)
Read Annie’s article 10 Secrets of a Successful Divorce
- Naomi Richards - The Kids Coach
Believed to be the only Life Coach in the UK that works with children as young as six years old. Visit The Kids Coach website.
If you’re struggling to cope with the breakdown of your relationship why not talk to a professional counsellor? They can really help.
Find a local counsellor here - www.counselling-directory.org.uk.
Relate offers advice, relationship counselling, sex therapy, workshops, mediation, consultations and support face-to-face, by phone and through their website - www.relate.org.uk.
Positive Family Mediation
Positive Family Mediation helps people who have decided to separate or divorce, or are experiencing other forms of family dispute, to reach agreements about their future. Mediation encourages constructive discussion rather than confrontation in a neutral, supported and safe environment. Mediation can bring real benefits to you at a difficult and stressful time. It helps children to see their parents actively working together to resolve issues. It reduces hostility and improves communication and trust and reduces the emotional and financial cost of lengthy court battles. By involving your solicitors we ensure that you are able to make informed decisions about yours and your families future. For more details visit www.positivefamilymediation.co.uk.
Financial Advice for Expats
Blackden Financial is a Swiss based firm of independent financial advisors, specialising in advising non UK resident clients on all aspects of savings, investment and pensions as well as providing mortgage and life insurance advice.
All Blackden advisors have English as their mother tongue (Brits living abroad will realise important this point is). When it comes to portfolio management and construction, as independent financial advisors not only are Blackden able to spread the risk of your portfolio geographically and across the asset classes but they also believe in diversifying your exposure across different fund management groups.
Contact Blackden Financial via their website - www.blackdenfinancial.com, or e mail email@example.com.
If you decide to represent yourself in Court (ie you choose not to have the help of a solicitor or barrister) you may be accompanied by someone to assist you and this person is called a McKenzie Friend, named after the case which established the principles in 1970.
Court without a Lawyer provides the services of a McKenzie friend in cases concerning child contact and residence. Their service includes discussing how the case should be handled, helping complete all the necessary forms and submitting them to court, assisting with negotiations and attending court hearings. This can be useful if you feel you cannot afford the help of a solicitor.
Child Support Agency (CSA)
Dealing with the Child Support Agency can be difficult. NACSA is an organisation dedicated to helping all parents, family and friends who experience difficulties with the CSA. Their remit is to ensure that the Child Support legislation is applied correctly and to educate the public about the administrations and powers of the Child Support Agency.
With the extensive powers that CSA have to pursue maintenance and arrears, it is vitally important that assessments are correctly calculated. NACSA offer an assessment checking service to ensure that your assessments both past and present are correct. Please visit the website www.nacsa.co.uk for details.
Support in Other Legal Areas
Families Need Fathers
National Family Mediation
Portal for single parents & step-parents
Practical info for children, young people and parents going through a family break-up
Blackden Financial - financial advisers to expats
The Court Service
The Department for Constitutional Affairs
Refuge for women and children against domestic violence
Kirsten Gronning - The Divorce Coach
Jackie Walker - The Divorce Coach
Annie O'Neill - New Horizons Divorce Coaching
Elizabeth Gates - -The Lonely Furrow
Life coaching directory
Beating Anger - Anger Management
Positive Family Mediation
Legal Aid and Public Funding
Child Support Agency
Support in other Legal Areas
Take Legal Advice
The law in Scotland is different to that of England and Wales. If you were married under Scottish law you will need to take advice from a Scottish lawyer. Donald Wright of Wright & Co in Edinburgh may be able to help, visit www.divorceuk.com.