FNF Both Parents Matter Cymru

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We are a Wales based charity providing information, advice and assistance to parents and grandparents with child contact problems 

We help you to develop a plan that solves your problems and overcomes the barriers to having a relationship with the children you care about. 

Our charity has also started work as a specialist domestic violence support service primarily for men where child contact denial is a part of the abuse they are suffering. We help you to obtain Legal Aid when that is possible. 

We ask everyone to download and complete our REFERRAL FORM and bring it to one of our support meetings across Wales (see list on the left hand side of this page). If you can't make it to a meeting OR you are a professional seeking help for someone else please arrange for the form to be completed and sent to our Administrator - info@fnf-bpm.org.uk or posted to FNF BPM Cymru, 61 Cowbridge Rd, Cardiff CF11 9AE

IMPORTANT UPDATE - January 2018

The C100 application form to the Family Court has been changed. Old versions will not be acccepted at Courts after Friday 12th January 2018. The new form can be downloaded HERE 

'I'M BEING STOPPED FROM SEEING MY CHILD, WHAT SHOULD I DO?'

  1. DON'T PANIC
  2. DON'T do anything rash - like make threats / grab the children / call the Police or Children's Services etc without seeking help.
  3. DO call our Helpline & come to a Support meeting where you'll meet others who can help you come to terms with the emotional problems and help you prioritise and make a plan. You'll also be able to see a solicitor FREE OF CHARGE at the meeting
  4. MAKE A PLAN for the times and days you want to see your children. You'll be amazed at how empowering this is AND how few people do that right at the start. How can a Mediator or a Court give you what you want if they don't know the detail? 
  5. FOCUS LESS on the injustice of your case and MORE on what is the solution. That may seem harsh BUT what is it you're trying to do? - punish your ex for their 'crimes' or find a way to have a relationship with your children / grandchildren?

If you are on a low income / benefits we'll try to get Legal Aid for you subject to having evidence of domestic violence and abuse. We are developing a new service to support you to obtain the evidence required through your GP or other health professional. 

PLEASE HELP US TO HELP YOU BY COMPLETING OUR SURVEY OF MALE VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC ABUSE BELOW

Create your own user feedback survey

 

 

 HELPLINE is open Monday to Friday 10am to 7pm EXCLUDING BANK HOLIDAYS

Calls to the 0845 number above are charged by BT at 50p per minute. The charity receives no fee from the calls. You may find it cheaper to call the mobile number listed at the top of the page.

You can also email us through the website by using the Contact Us facility at the top of this page 


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WHAT WE DO ?

  • Emotional and practical support at face to face meetings across Wales
  • FREE one to one legal advice from volunteer solicitors at our support meetings
  • Produce research and briefings to try to improve outcomes for children and families struggling with parental separation
  • Provide DV support services for male victims of abuse
  • Lobby and campaign based on our research and values

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO ?

  • Make a plan. Work out exactly when and how you want to see your children. Be realistic about what YOU can commit to.
  • Come to one of our support meetings where we can help you
  • Put £5 in the collection - WE CANT CARRY ON WITHOUT THAT
  • Consider Mediation and other forms of dispute resolution
  • Avoid Family Court if at all possible

 

WHAT ELSE MIGHT HELP?

  • MEDIATION 

To find a family mediator near you visit the Family Mediation Council website OR use the search function on the National Family Mediation website

  • CAFCASS CYMRU PARENTING PLAN

Use this link to download the plan   

  • GOING TO COURT

If there's no alternative complete a DRAFT C100 form and then come to our meetings so we can help you get it right.

You can download the form and look at a useful guide on how to complete it here - How to complete a C100 Court Application 

If you are on benefits or a low income you may be able to apply to the Court at a reduced fee or free of charge 

Download the EX160 here

Dont forget that you MAY also qualify for 'Legal Aid'. Click on the 'Legal Aid' link at the top of this page 

Other resources may be available by clicking on our 'Links' tab at the top of this page.


 

We promote the DWP "Sorting out separation" resource. 

 


 

Help and support for separated families
Branch website system developed for Families Need Fathers Both Parents Matter Cymru by Ideas Into Reality