The following links directory covers everything from legal assistance to domestic violence, religious and cultural links, help for families and fathers and more. If you would like to suggest a link, please contact us.

Compact Law
Free legal information and leaflets online

Divorce Aid
Independent organisation of professionals offering advice on divorce

Divorce.co.uk
Online information on divorce focusing on solicitors, mediation and counselling

Divorce Recovery Workshops
A nationwide self-help group run by volunteers who have experienced a relationship break-up themselves

Community Legal Service
Government Agency offering advice on a range of legal issues including family law

Legal Aid Calculator
Note that you do not have the right to legal aid for divorce but it is available for domestic abuse, forced marriage and child protection issues

On Divorce
Produced by solicitors and with the main focus on the legal aspect of divorce, contains case studies and extensive links to related sites

UK Court Service
Information and leaflets about the UK court system

UK Deed Poll
Information on changing your name by Deed Poll including rights following separation

Solicitors

Resolution (formerly Solicitor's Family Law Association)
Members of Resolution sign a code of conduct agreeing to encourage a non-confrontational approach to divorce rather than pursuing aggressive legal action, particularly where the welfare of children are concerned. Their website contains fact sheets on many aspects of divorce and an online search for local solicitors who are part of the scheme

Law Society
The professional body for solicitors in England and Wales, offers useful information on many aspects of the law in England and Wales

Solicitors Regulation Authority
Ensures that solicitors are acting fairly and reasonably and deals with complaints against solicitors

Community Legal Service
Information on CLS Fund (previously known as Legal Aid) with online eligibility calculator and search for solicitors participating in the scheme

Mediation

National Family Mediation
Non-profit organisation working closely with Cafcass, Relate and the UK Legal Services Commission to provide family mediation

Scottish Family Mediation
Scottish organisation offering free child centred mediation and family mediation for a contribution towards costs

UK College of Family Mediators
Help in finding a mediator and information on how mediation works

Counselling

Relate
Offering counselling to anyone going through the process of divorce or separation

British Association for Counselling and Pyschotherapy
Offers online search facility for a local therapist

COSCA
Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland

Lighthouse Trust
Organisation with a Christian basis, offers counselling services to anyone irrespective of race, age or personal belief

Marriage Care
Christian organisation offering relationship counselling

Children

CAFCASS (Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service)
The service that supports and prepares reports for the court in cases involving children, including contact and residency

Child Support Agency
New rules now apply so there is a maximum that can be claimed from a non-resident's income. This is 15% for one child, 20% for two and 25% for three or more children, website includes an online calculator and details of the new scheme

Child Support Action
National Association offering help and support for people whose lives are affected by the Child Support Agency

Family Lives
Advice and support for parents including dealing with divorce and contact, and downloadable leaflets for children on the separation of their parents and stepfamilies

Family Rights Group
Advice and support for families whose children are involved with social services

MATCH
Mothers Apart from their Children, support for mother's who are separated from and may have little contact with their children

National Association of Child Contact Centres
Offering a neutral place for the supervised contact of non-resident parents

Separated Parenting Access and Resource
Promoting the equality of both parents

Shared Parenting Information Group
Promotes both parents retaining an important role in their child's life following a separation or divorce, advice and information for parents and legal reform around the world

Shared Parenting, Northern Ireland
Promotes shared parenting and parental responsibility in Northern Ireland

Men/Fathers

Fathers 4 Justice
Campaigning for the rights of every child in the UK to have a relationship with their father and grandparents

Families Need Fathers (FNF)
Campaigning organisation recognising that children need two parents and calling for a change in the law to end the heartache of British fathers

Hugs to Heartbreak
A Parent?s Journey Through Parental Alienation Syndrome aiming to offer advice, help and support for people affected by PAS

Mankind
Services and information for men experiencing difficulties with family law and domestic violence

UK Men and Father's Rights
Campaigning against discrimination against men in the divorce and family courts

Religious and Cultural

Asian Family Counselling Service
With offices in West London and the West Midlands, they also see couples where one partner is Asian.

Forced Marriage Protection Order
Information on how to apply to prevent somebody from taking you outside of the UK

Getting Your Get
Jewish law on divorce and separation

Jewish Marriage Council
Relationship counselling and information on Jewish Law relating to marriage and divorce

Marriage Care
Formerly the Catholic Marriage Advisory Council, the charity now offers free relationship counselling to couples experiencing difficulties in England and Wales

Muslim Welfare House Trust
Help and support for Muslims in the UK, including relationship counselling. Contact them through their website

Muslim Women's Helpline
for Muslim women to seek help and advice when facing abuse or violence

Regional, Northern Ireland and Scotland

Couple Counselling
Details of Regional Counselling Services in Scotland

COSCA
Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland

Law Society of Scotland

Law Society of Northern Ireland
Includes information on the Legal Aid Process in Northern Ireland

Scottish Family Mediation
Scottish organisation offering free child centred mediation

Scottish Law
Independent site offering information on many aspects of Scottish Law, including a lawyer search facility

Shared Parenting, Northern Ireland
Promotes shared parenting and parental responsibility in Northern Ireland

Women's Aid, Northern Ireland
Advice and information for women experiencing domestic violence in Northern Ireland. 24 hour emergency helpline number 028 90331818

Independant Advice

Citizen's Advice Bureau
The CAB offers free information and advice on all aspects of financial matters, including pensions and state benefits. Find your local office and check that you are receiving all of your entitlements

Independent Case Examiner
Investigates complaints of maladministration against the Child Support Agency and the Northern Ireland Social Security Agency

National Association for Child Support Action (NACSA)
Promotes advice, support and information for people affected by the Child Support Acts

Parliamentary Ombudsman
Deals with complaints against Government agencies and departments. You may also wish to contact your local Member of Parliament to assist you in your case

Member of Parliament
To find your local Member of Parliament, who you can contact with concerns over current legislation relating to family law and children's welfare, and put you in touch and support you with referrals to legal and professional ombudsmen  

Domestic Violence

The following organisations can offer help and advice to victims of domestic violence. You can also try your local police station and Citizen's Advice Bureau for details of local organisations and refuges.

Campaign Against Domestic Violence (CADV)
Campaigning to increase awareness and reform the law and facilities for victims of domestic violence

Everyman
Programmes to help men who are violent or display abusive behaviour, with support for partners

Metropolitan Police
Statistics and information on police strategies to tackle domestic violence

NSPCC
How Domestic Violence affects children

Refuge
24 hour crisis line providing help and support to victims of domestic violence. Also refers women and their children to refuges. Telephone: 0870 599 5443 (24 hours)

Safehouse
Organisation helping primarily Asian women in the Coventry area who have suffered domestic violence

Survivors UK
National helpline for men who have been the victims of domestic violence or sexual attack, Helpline (Tues & Thurs) Tel: 0845 122 1201

Welsh Domestic Abuse Helpline
0808 80 10 800 (freephone daily 8am-2pm, 8pm-2am)

Women's Aid
National Organisation aiming to protect women and children from domestic violence

Women's Aid, Northern Ireland
Advice and information for women experiencing domestic violence in Northern Ireland

Women's Aid, Scotland
Advice and information for women experiencing domestic violence in Scotland

Women's Aid, Wales
Advice and information for women experiencing domestic violence in Wales

USA/ International Links

The following links offer help, advice and legal information to itsfinished.com visitors from the USA or abroad. If you know of any other relevant links please let us know

Child Custody Law Firms
Find child custody lawyers or law firms that handle all areas of child custody cases. Including custody orders, direct income withholding, interstate cases and spousal support.