With legal aid drastically cut back, Woolley & Co are delighted to be supporting a national, not-for-profit social enterprise working to provide accessible support to families through the difficulties of separation and divorce.
Woolley & Co are delighted to have contributed to 101 Questions Answered About Separating with Children, a new book launched on 30th January 2019 to help separating parents keep their children’s best interests first. Woolley & Co are a long-term supporter of the social enterprise OnlyMums & OnlyDads and are a member of their Family Law Panel.
The book, published with support and collaboration of Bath Publishing, has been written by a number of expert family solicitors, barristers, mediators and other professionals. It covers the legal landscape, how to cope with the psychological impact of separation, what it means for children involved, and where parents can turn for further help and support.
“We really love the concept of the book and were very happy when we were approached to be involved. We have contributed two articles for the book, the first is on ‘The Children Act Paradox’’ written by our Cardiff based solicitor Kathryn McTaggart. The second article takes a look at what grandparents should do if their grandchildren tell them worrying stories of neglect or abuse about their home life. It is a tricky topic but an important one, and something that family law solicitor Kimberley Bailey tackles with honesty while offering practical advice.”
101 Questions Answered develops three key themes which help parents resolve issues:
- Improving relationship and communication skills with their ex-partner
- Determining what is genuinely best for the children (often requiring external support)
- Understanding the processes and mechanics of the law, family courts and different pathways to resolving issues, such as mediation, collaborative law and other approaches.
Director of OnlyMums, Rebecca Giraud continued, “101 Questions Answered aims to clearly explain family law processes, answering the most common questions that separating parents with a degree of authority. Throughout the book, we also made sure to emphasise how parents can save money when using professional advisers. We are delighted to have had Woolley & Co share their expertise in this book.”
In his foreword to the book, President of the Family Division The Rt Hon Sir Andrew McFarlane said:
“Irrespective of the current pressing problem that may have caused a parent to pick this book up, any reader would be well advised to invest the time in reading it from cover to cover, thereby gaining a real ‘feel’ for the approach of family law professionals and the courts in general to these important and difficult problems.”
OnlyMums and OnlyDads is a not-for-profit social enterprise established in 2008. Co-directors are Rebecca Giraud and Bob Greig. Its principal aim is to support parents and their families who are going through divorce/separation. This support is delivered in three ways:
- A live chat facility
- The Family Law Panel – a network of 150 + solicitors and mediators offering a range of services and pricing options.
- Resources – up-to-date (written by professionals and reviewed every 12 months) and reliable information on a wide range of related topics