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You’ll need to make arrangements for your children if you split up from your partner. A family mediation service can help you and your ex-partner work out an agreement without going to court. Includes a link where you can search for your local family mediation service.
Sometimes there is a family crisis and it is necessary for children to be looked after by someone other than their parents. This can be for a short or long term period. In these circumstances relatives and friends often come forward to care for a child. If you are in this situation, this guide explains how to apply to court for a Residence Order confirming that the child will live with you and giving you the right to make decisions about the child’s care.
Family Rights Group www.frg.org.uk/
Links to three short videos designed to help you if you are going to the Family Court on your own, without the help of a lawyer. Video 1: Preparing for your first court hearing; Video 2: The hearing itself; Video 3: Giving evidence and challenging evidence.
Pink Tape pinktape.co.uk/
Links to factsheets for grandparents and family members bringing up a child who is not their own and legal guardians of a child. Some are about the benefits that may be available. One explains the main features of Special Guardianship Orders and Residence Orders and the procedure for applying for a Special Guardianship Order.
Grandparents Plus www.grandparentsplus.org.uk/