Getting help to pay for legal advice about a family problem Going to the family court — including up to date details of where and how users can access practical help and emotional support, legal advice, and representation. Changes to legal aid mean that most people cannot get free or subsidised help from solicitors unless there has been abuse within the relationship. We know that many people will not be able to afford to get a lot of help from solicitors.
Going to the family court This guide is for people who want to sort out their finances themselves when they get divorced. What is fair for you to agree to, and What is fair for you to suggest to your ex.
This guide is for you if: It is also for people supporting others in this situation, for example Personal Support Unit volunteers, CAB volunteers, housing support workers, advice workers and court staff as well as relatives and friends.
You live outside England and Wales, or You have been living with someone cohabiting but are not married to them or in a civil partnership. This is because the law for couples who live together without being married or in a civil partnership is completely different.
You can find more information about what the law says about couples in this situation here: What does this guide do? Provides information about financial settlements for couples who are getting divorced or ending a civil partnership.
Explains what a judge would take into account and weigh up in their mind when making financial orders when you get divorced. Aims to help you understand more about what a judge might do in a case like yours, so that you have a better chance of making a fair agreement with your ex.
Everything in this guide applies equally whether you were married or in a civil partnership. You could try reading through the whole thing once and then refer back to key headings to find the sections that are most relevant to you.
What does this guide not do? We do not explain how to apply to the court for a financial order. If you need to do this we have another guide that explains the process: How to apply for a financial order without the help of a lawyer.
We do not deal in detail with child maintenance.
Visit Child Maintenance Options: These cases often raise complex legal issues which we cannot deal with in this guide.
You should seek legal advice if you are in this situation.
We also do not deal with other special situations, for example, where: In all these situations, get legal advice as quickly as possible.
Can you spare a few minutes? We will use your feedback to improve our guides, inform our future work and seek funding.Gingerbread is a registered charity supporting single parent families in England and Wales.
Founded in , the charity supports single parent families by providing advice, online information, support groups and training. . Advice for single parents. If you're bringing up a child on your own, don't be afraid to ask for help from friends and family.
You may also find that other single parents are a good source of support. Provides support and expert advice to the single parent with the main care of the child.
Support includes anything from dealing with a break-up to going back to work or sorting out maintenance, welfare benefits or tax credit issues, contact, employment, education, housing and debt.
Provides support and expert advice to the single parent with the main care of the child. Support includes anything from dealing with a break-up to going back to work or sorting out maintenance, welfare benefits or tax credit issues, contact, employment, education, housing and debt. We are Gingerbread, the charity for single parent families.
We provide expert advice and practical support for single mums and dads in England and Wales. Hear from other young single parents. On the Gingerbread website, we receive stories from single mums and dads of all ages.
Read through a collection of stories on lots of different topics to give you an insight into what life as a single parent is like.