Parents and carers

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Drawing of womanFamilies come in all shapes and sizes, and relationships change. Whether you're living together or apart, it's important to make sure your children grow up in a secure environment.

We've pulled together resources on a range of parenting topics such as adoption, family mediation, stepfamilies, divorce and separation. There's also useful websites offering help on financial and legal matters

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We hope you find the information you're looking for here, if not get in touch. And if there are any organisations or websites that have helped you, please let us know.

Dads - we have a dedicated section for fathers with information on parental rights, your rights if you split up with your partner and advice on maintaining your relationship with your child and children.

  • Networks of support for parents and carers whatever their situation (e.g. single parents, disabled parents, relatives with a parenting role, non-resident parents).
  • Advice on keeping yourself physically healthy and looking after yourself, and your partner's mental health.
  • Your rights as a parent or carer including arrangements after separation or divorce. There's also information on your children's rights.
  • Financial support for families, whether working or unemployed, including benefits and tax credits. Paying for childcare. Working out money if you're separating.
  • Organisations and websites offering relationship support for couples and their families including, co-parenting and introducing a new partner to your family.