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174 Law supporting OnlyMums & OnlyDads

With legal aid drastically cut back, 174 Law are delighted to be supporting a national, not-for-profit social enterprise working to provide accessible support to families through the difficulties of separation and divorce.

Helen Pittard of 174 Law and Family Mediation Solutions is delighted to have contributed to 101 Questions Answered About Separating with Children. This is a new book to help separating parents keep their children’s best interests first. 174 Law are a long-term supporter of the social enterprise OnlyMums & OnlyDads and are a member of their Family Law Panel.

The book, published with support and collaboration of Bath Publishing, has been written by a number of expert family solicitors, barristers, mediators and other professionals. Basically, the book covers: the legal landscape, how to cope with the psychological impact of separation, what it means for children involved, and where parents can turn for further help and support.

Clearly, we are strong advocates for helping families to separate in a better way and to provide as many resources to our clients to assist this process. There is never a one fix suits all. Its a matter of finding the right solution for the changing Family. We are proud to be working with OnlyMums & OnlyDads to help build new resources to help families to prepare themselves and their children through the transitional process and reach the next chapter in their lives.

101 Questions Answered About Separating with Children

Essentially, the book develops three key themes which help parents resolve issues:

  • Improving relationship and communication skills with their ex-partner
  • Determining what is genuinely best for the children (often requiring external support)
  • Understanding the processes and mechanics of the law, family courts and different pathways to resolving issues. Including mediation, collaborative law and other approaches.

Director of OnlyMums, Rebecca Giraud continued, “101 Questions Answered aims to clearly explain family law processes, answering the most common questions that separating parents with a degree of authority. Throughout the book, we also made sure to emphasise how parents can save money when using professional advisers. We are delighted to have had 174 Law share their expertise in this book.”

In his foreword to the book, President of the Family Division The Rt Hon Sir Andrew McFarlane said:

Irrespective of the current pressing problem that may have caused a parent to pick this book up, any reader would be well advised to invest the time in reading it from cover to cover, thereby gaining a real ‘feel’ for the approach of family law professionals and the courts in general to these important and difficult problems.

The book is available now directly from www.onlymums.org and www.onlydads.org, Amazon and all other online and high street booksellers.

For more information about our services and how we can help please contact us at family@174law.co.uk. Bob Greig, Director of OnlyMums & OnlyDads can also be contacted direct on 07786 877718.

About the charity

OnlyMums and OnlyDads is a not-for-profit social enterprise established in 2008. Co-directors are Rebecca Giraud and Bob Greig. Its principle aim is to support parents and their families who are going through divorce/separation. This support is delivered in three ways:

  • A live chat facility
  • The Family Law Panel – a network of 150+ solicitors and mediators offering a range of services and pricing options.
  • Resources – up-to-date (written by professionals and reviewed every 12 months) and reliable information on a wide range of related topics

LASPO – The Legal Aid and Sentencing of Offenders Act, 2012 severely restricted the availability of Legal Aid for family law cases.

The Rt. Hon. Sir Andrew MacFalane was appointed President of the Family Division in July 2018. As such he is the most senior family law judge in the country.