We believe Both Parents Matter

Too many children grow up knowing only one parent. This must change.

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We believe Both Parents Matter

We work for the well-being of children in separated families to ensure they have meaningful relationships with both parents, wider family and friends.

Join FNFDonate

We believe Both Parents Matter

We provide, and encourage the provision of:

guidance, support, education and assistance

Join FNFDonate

We believe Both Parents Matter

We campaign to raise awareness and address the issues and challenges facing separated families

Join FNFDonate

We believe Both Parents Matter

We promote and undertake research into the issues and challenges facing separated families

Join FNFDonate

We believe Both Parents Matter

We emphasise that children need love and care from both parents and their wider families

Join FNFDonate

We believe Both Parents Matter

Too many children grow up knowing only one parent. This must change.

Get HelpJoin FNFDonate

We believe Both Parents Matter

We work for the well-being of children in separated families to ensure they have meaningful relationships with both parents, wider family and friends.

Get HelpJoin FNFDonate

We believe Both Parents Matter

We provide, and encourage the provision of:

guidance, support, education and assistance

Get HelpJoin FNFDonate

We believe Both Parents Matter

We campaign to raise awareness and address the issues and challenges facing separated families

Get HelpJoin FNFDonate

We believe Both Parents Matter

We promote and undertake research into the issues and challenges facing separated families

Get HelpJoin FNFDonate

We believe Both Parents Matter

We emphasise that children need love and care from both parents and their wider families

Get HelpJoin FNFDonate

 

Children Know That Both Parents Matter

Helping children and families to retain positive relationships after separation or divorce

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FNF is the leading UK charity supporting dads, mums and grandparents to have personal contact and

meaningful relationships with their children following parental separation since 1974.

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

Our online Forum and our network branches also offer free guidance of solicitors and others familiar with the operation of the family courts.

Welcome to our new website. We hope you will enjoy the improved clarity, content, and the mobile-friendly responsive design.

There may be further improvements we could make, so we would greatly appreciate your feedback and suggestions.

Thank you for your support.

 

 

Children Know That Both Parents Matter

 

Helping children and families to retain positive relationships after separation or divorce

FNF is the leading UK charity supporting dads, mums and grandparents to have personal contact and

meaningful relationships with their children following parental separation since 1974.

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

Our online Forum and our network of branches also offer free guidance of solicitors and others familiar with the operation of the family courts.

Welcome to our new website. We hope you will enjoy the improved clarity, content, and the mobile-friendly responsive design.

There may be further improvements we could make, so we would greatly appreciate your feedback and suggestions.

Thank you for your support.


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If you believe in our cause and are able to help us, please do.

 

 

Watch Lord Farmer Short Debate in the House of Lords on Child Maintenance Service

On 24 June, Lord Farmer led a Question for Short Debate in the House of Lords: "to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reform the Child Maintenance Service".

Lord Farmer is an important and helpful campaigner who has demonstrated a genuine interest in how separated families can be helped. On 24 June 2021, members of the House of Lords discussed Child Maintenance Service reform in a debate proposed by Lord Farmer.

 

1,524 people responded to the short survey Lord Farmer arranged the week before. Almost half were paying fathers and 40% were mothers.

 

Here's a summary of the key highlights raised by Lord Farmer:

  • A sustainable formula for shared care 
  • Reviewing unaffordable calculations
  • Stress caused to the paying parent
  • Interaction of Child Maintenance with Universal Credit.
  • Incentives to parents to work
  • Findings and recommendations of 2019 Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAS) report that have not been implemented yet including earning thresholds
  • Using both parents’ income when calculating Child Maintenance - 93% of paying parents agreed; 18% of receiving parents

The Minister, Baroness Stedman-Scott's reply included  and acknowledgement of a 'very good ongoing relationship with both Gingerbread and Families Need Fathers'. It is important that Ministers have a balanced view.

 

You can watch the entire debate on youtube below and read a transcript of the debate here.

We would like to thank all those parents who took the time to respond to Lord Farmer’s short survey. It clearly paid off!

It is really important that paying parents voices are heard and it was great that there was such a good response from everyone and Lord Farmer and other peers benefitted from a well-rounded perspective of the difficulties with the child maintenance system.

We wrote to Lord Farmer ahead of the debate and were pleased to see taht most points we raised were mentioned by him. We are glad to say that the quality of the debate and contributions was significantly better than in recent House of Commons debates.

 

If you are having difficulties with Child Maintenance, do share them with you Member of Parliament. The Minister told peers "I hold surgeries every quarter with MPs from the Commons, and for all MPs who have written to me personally about cases, I have dealt with each and every one." You can find contact details for your MP here. We are always interested to hear what the stories being raised with MPs and their responses so feel free to share those with us at admin@fnf.org.uk with 'CMS' in the subject heading. We will not share any identifiable details without your prermission. 

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