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The UK's leading Shared Parenting charity

FNF is the leading UK charity supporting dads, mums and grandparents to have personal contact and meaningful relationships with their children following parental separation.

We offer information, advice and support services helping parents to achieve a positive outcome for their children.

Our online Forum and our network of over 50 UK Branches also offer pro-bono guidance of solicitors and others familiar with the operation of the family courts.

Join FNF or register for free to receive our newsletters, surveys, research and more.  As a member, you can also access our Forum in which experienced volunteers, including solicitors and McKenzie Friends can answer your questions. 

Visit your nearest FNF Branch where meetings are run by experienced and knowledgeable Volunteers who want to help you.  Some of the more established branches run solicitors' clinics for the benefit of our members. 

We  have a telephone Helpline (0300 0300 363) which provides first-line support.


FNF membership costs less than a few minutes of a typical solicitor's time - and could save you a fortune by being better prepared for the choices ahead!  Find out more about free registration and joining or simply donate.  Your support is crucial in enabling us to sustain our mission working for parents and children who are being denied a loving relationship.


This is a testimonial email we received recently from a service user:

“I have a solicitor who charges £285 + VAT per hour. She's good but she is very expensive. FNF with its £39 membership fee has given me more practical advice and provided me with company of fellow fathers who are striving to achieve contact with their children against all odds. Something my solicitor can never offer. I have had 3-4 sittings and have had more practical advice than I have had from my solicitor (who is process driven and has no emotional connect) for last 6-8 months and I don't even want to mention how much I have paid her in this time. FNF has been amazing for me. I would recommend it to all fathers going through a divorce and wanting contact with their child/children. We are all in this together.”



 

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  • Maintaining a relationship with both parents after separation may be a privilege linked to income - concludes a University of Cambridge study that FNF contributed to. The study found that Universal Credit, Housing Benefit and Child Maintenance are "designed for situations where children live only with one parent, but also operates in situations where one parent has the child four days a week and the other three days a week even though the child is spending very similar amounts of time in each household." They recommended that "Government and other agencies in measuring and understanding child poverty should take into account the levels of household income experienced by both households, in situations where separated parents share care." https://www.cchpr.landecon.cam.ac.uk/news/inisghts-into-housing-for-non-resident-parents-published-by-commonweal-housing Please support us by liking this, sharing it, following us on Facebook, donating or joining at www.fnf.org.uk. Write to your MP with you experience of this and draw their attention to this research.
  • In Finland dads provide more childcare than mums - “This is not about the mother’s right or the father’s right – but the child’s right to spend time with both parents.” sys Finish minister. When will one of our ministers say this? https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/dec/04/finland-only-country-world-dad-more-time-kids-moms Write to your MP and ask them to. Meanwhile, please like our page, follow us, register for free or join us.
  • Too many children are denied Christmas with one of their parents. Watch this video. Share it. Like it. Follow us on Facebook. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnahc1hjWn0&feature=youtu.be You can also help to change this by registering with us for free, joining or making a donation at www.fnf.org.uk. We are a UK registered charity providing support and working for a better future for children and parents alike after family separation.
  • DISCRIMINATING AGAINST MALE VICTIMS OF ABUSE NO LONGER ALLOWED Equalities campaigner Anne O'Regan and our sibling charity FNF BPM Cymru have made a significant step in persuading the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) to change their view and accept that the practice of screening male callers to domestic violence helplines was discriminatory. The EHRC will be writing to service providers to make them aware. The article in The Western Mail can be read here. Congratulations to Anne and FNF BPM Cymru. Please support us by liking our posts, following us on Facebook, registering for Free, joining or making a donation.
  • The Independent now highlights the issue of Parental Alienation and the need for a smarter system of family justice. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/divorce-laws-child-custody-parental-alienation-cafcass-mother-father-a8062941.html Please support FNF by following us, sharing this post, liking this post, registering for free, joining as a member or donating to us. Details of press releases are here: https://fnf.org.uk/news-events-2/press-releases
  • Could family justice be reaching the tipping point at last? Is the family justice system finally putting its foot down over the abuse that is parental alienation? This is something we have been working towards for years, trying to push back the veil of silence and denial over this mean and selfish scourge affecting many of the more acrimonious divorces and separations. Over the last year especially, we have lobbied Cafcass with help and evidence from a number of directions, and we are very hopeful about the results.. Cafcass, whose crucial influence on family proceedings is responsible for so many judicial decisions, has seen the light - or darkness - and is gearing up to challenge it! A tough job in an organisation which has denied the very existence of PA for years, but one which if successful, could change the lives of so many children - and their parents - for the better. Go for it! https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/nov/17/parental-alienation-divorce-custody-crackdown-cafcass https://fnf.org.uk/news-events-2/press-releases/150-press-releases-2017-archive/437-cafcass-taking-parental-alienation-seriously-at-last Please support FNF by following us, sharing this post, registering for free, joining as a member or donating to us.

FNF HSSF Kite Mark Award

Families Need Fathers has been awarded the Help and Support for Separated Families Kite Mark which is a new UK government accreditation scheme for organisations offering help to separated families.

Families Need Fathers work with a range of family law professionals, including Family Law Panel

 

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18/12/2017 Mon: Glasgow Meeting
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27/12/2017 Wed: Cambridge Meeting
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28/12/2017 Thu: Exeter Meeting
1/01/2018 Mon: London Central Solicitor Clinic
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