FNF Both Parents Matter Cymru

Home

What we do 

We help parents and grandparents who are being pushed out of the lives of the children they care about. We give you information, support and advice to try to make things better. 


WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT

WITH FUNDRAISING 


 If we've helped you please help us by donating here:

 Make a donation using Virgin Money Giving

 

OR MAKE A REGULAR CONTRIBUTION BY CLICKING ON THE 'FRIENDS' LINK IN THE BLACK MENU BAR ABOVE

How we help

  • Call our HELPLINE on 08456 00 4446 Monday to Friday 10am to 7pm (excl. Bank Holidays) for immediate support. 

 

  • Come to a face to face SUPPORT MEETING across Wales. Most are registered with the Law Society's charity Law Works Cymru as Legal Clinics. You should be able to get FREE legal advice from a specialist family solicitor at the meeting. Please look at the locations and dates on the left hand side of this page.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Useful resources and tools

 

  • CAFCASS Cymru Parenting Plan

 

Use this to propose arrangements for the care of your children 

Click here to download the plan.

 

 

  • The Custody Minefield Website

 

The Custody Minefield is a great resource for detailed guidance on Family Law issues The site is comprehensive and shows How to complete a C100 Court Application 


 

  • Legal Aid 

If you have to use the Family Court we are now telling people how to access Legal Aid as a victim of domestic violence and abuse. We believe that contact denial is a form of emotional abuse that meets the UK Government definition. This provides a way to claim Legal Aid funding subject to 'means' and 'merit' tests. 

 

Click here for the letter template asking your GP for help 

Click here for the letter to Men's Aid from your GP 

Click here for the letter template you need FROM your GP 

 

  • Parental Responsibility

Many parents face difficulties over the issue of Parental Responsibility (PR). PR was defined in the Children Act 1989 - Here is a 'checklist' from a famous case in 2004 that sets out what you can and what you cant do if you have PR. 

A v A [2004] EWHC 142 (fam) After paragraph 133.

Decisions that could be taken independently and without any consultation or notification to the other parent.

How the children are to spend their time during contact

Personal care for the children

Activities undertaken

Religious and spiritual pursuits

Continuance of medicine treatment prescribed by GP

 

Decisions where one parent would always need to inform the other parent of the decision, but did not need to consult or take the other parent´s views into account.

Medical Treatment in an emergency

Booking holidays or to take the children abroad in contact time

Planned visits to the GP and the reasons for this

 

Decisions that you would need to both inform and consult the other parent prior to making the decision.

Schools the children are to attend, including admissions applications. With reference to which senior school C should attend this is to be decided taking into account C´s own views and in consultation and with advice from her teachers.

Contact rotas in school holidays

Planned medical and dental treatment

Stopping medication prescribed for the children

Attendance at school functions so they can be planned to avoid meetings wherever possible

Age that children should be able to watch videos. ie videos recommended for children over 12 and 18.

 


 

We hold the Mark from the DWP for Help and Support for Separated Families. We suggest you look at the "Sorting out separation" resource. 

 


OTHER INFORMATION AND SUPPORT RESOURCES 

Click on underlined links below for more detailed information.

 

Support Meetings across Wales

 

 

Splitting up?- Put kids first

Provided by OnePlusOne - this parenting plan will help you make child focussed arrangements

neu yn y Gymraeg

Cynllun Magu Plant

The Helpline

08456 00 44 46

Mon-Fri 10am to 7pm

or

0300 0300 110

outside these times.



Dads' Survey

 

We really need all dads to fill this one in ASAP.

That includes dads who do live with mum!

Please fill it in for us and use Facebook to point friends to this survey.

Parents

Choices range from thinking of separating to needing to go to court and to checking using DNA if you are the parent.

 News

Also Changes in Family Courts happening in April 2014

Details here

Going to Court

Link to C100 form, how to file your paperwork and lots of information about Courts and being a Litigant in Person.

 

Mediation

The changes in Family Law that came into force in April 2014 mean that although there are exemptions, most of you have to have attempted mediation. This section will help you find mediators and show you where the C100 asks for information about mediation.


Grandparents

 Events

Parental Alienation
 What help the Police may give you  Contact Centres Education
Volunteers section Domestic Violence
Governance 
Consultations

Charter for Action 2014

 

Parental Responsibility
 McKenzieFriends Child's section Links

Reports and Responses

includes our findings on Male participation in Family Support and Parenting Programmes in Wales 2014

Harrassment

Research

 

Steparents

 


Albums

We believe that Court should be the last option to resolve contact difficulties. If this is unavoidable, we recommend that you look at resources produced by HMCTS to help you understand the process. These can be found by clicking on Going to Court in the box above for more information. Please note that HMCTS is in the process of updating some of its resources to go alongside the changes in Family Law since April 2014.

 

ORIGINAL RESEARCH BY THE CHARITY

 EVIDENCING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: MEN, LEGAL AID & FAMILY DISPUTES - DEC 2015

MALE PARTICIPATION IN FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES IN WALES - MARCH 2014

FIRST ANNUAL WELSH DADS SURVEY - JUNE 2015

FOCUS GROUP REPORT ON MEN & EQUALITIES FOR WELSH GOVERNMENT - SUMMER 2015

BACH COMMISSION INQUIRY INTO ACCESS TO JUSTICE


 

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