FNF Both Parents Matter Cymru
Due to operational difficulties we are currently unable to provide a full Helpline service.
Please email using the 'Contact Us' facility on the black menu bar above or call 07530382809 to speak with someone. We are unable to provide a 'call back' facility on this number.
About our charity
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
If we've helped you please help us by donating here:
Make a regular contribution by clickingon the 'Friends' link in the black menu bar above.
How we can help
- Call our HELPLINE on 07530382809 Monday to Friday 10am to 7pm (excl. Bank Holidays) for immediate support. Aternatively please call on the standard Helpline number 08456 004446
- 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
- 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' (i.e whether your income & assets meet the threshold) 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
The letter from your GP should be addressed to YOU. Once you have that in EXACTLY the form set out in the template with NO ADDITIONS OR DELETIONS please come along to one of our meetings and we can help you obtain Legal Aid.
- 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  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
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.
Provided by OnePlusOne - this parenting plan will help you make child focussed arrangements
neu yn y Gymraeg
08456 00 44 46
Mon-Fri 10am to 7pm
0300 0300 110
outside these times.
We run an annual survey of fathers, father figures and grandfathers in Wales asking them about their exeriences. The results of the 2015 and 2016 surveys can be found by clicking the link above.
We plan to launch the 2017 survey in September 2016.
Choices range from thinking of separating to needing to go to court and to checking using DNA if you are the parent.
Also Changes in Family Courts happening in April 2014
Link to C100 form, how to file your paperwork and lots of information about Courts and being a Litigant in Person.
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.
|What help the Police may give you||Contact Centres||Education|
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includes our findings on Male participation in Family Support and Parenting Programmes in Wales 2014
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
2015 WELSH DADS SURVEY
2016 WELSH DADS SURVEY
FOCUS GROUP REPORT ON MEN & EQUALITIES FOR WELSH GOVERNMENT - SUMMER 2015
BACH COMMISSION INQUIRY INTO ACCESS TO JUSTICE