BrightPod is the collective group of lawyers in Brighton who practice collaborative family law. Their website is www.brightpod.co.uk and it contains further information on the collaborative law process.
Sussex Family Solutions is a group of solicitors, family consultants and other professionals who recognise that couples who are separating don’t just need specialist legal advice, but also support to deal with the emotional consequences. Their website is www.sussexfamilysolutions.co.uk.
Lawyers Who Mediate is a group of experienced family lawyers, in Brighton, with specialist training in mediation. Their website is www.lawyerswhomediate.co.uk.
Resolution First for Family Law (www.resolution.org.uk) has 6,000 members who are family lawyers committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes. Our members follow a Code of Practice that promotes a non-confrontational approach to family problems. Our members encourage solutions that consider the needs of the whole family – and in particular the best interests of children.
The Money Advice Service (www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk) offers unbiased advice and information about some of the important financial implications of divorce and separation.
Childline (www.childline.org.uk) is an advice line for children on 0800 1111.
The NSPCC (www.nspcc.org.uk) was founded in 1884 and it’s vision is still to end cruelty to children in the UK.
University of Brighton student lawyers offer free assistance through their CLOCK (Community Legal Outreach) scheme to people who need help with filling forms, may be worried about attending court or need advice on how courts work. For more information, contact the Brighton Family Centre, 1 Edward Street, Brighton, BN2 0JD, or call the CLOCK phone line: 01273 811338 (CLOCK is available there from 9am-3pm Tues, Weds, Thurs, and at Brighton County Court in William Street, Brighton, on Mondays and Fridays).
RISE (www.riseuk.org.uk) is a charity which supports women, children and young people affected by domestic abuse in Brighton & Hove and across West Sussex.
Gingerbread (www.gingerbread.org.uk) is charity providing expert advice, practical support and campaigns for single parents.
Families Need Fathers (www.fnf.org.uk) is a charity chiefly concerned with the problems of maintaining a child’s relationship with both parents during and after family breakdown. We offer information, advice and support services for parents who could otherwise spend thousands of pounds without achieving a positive outcome for the children. There is a branch of FNF in Brighton.
Up To Parents (www.uptoparents.org) is a free, confidential, and interactive website for divorcing and divorced parents. If you are a divorcing or divorced parent, you will find on this unique website your best defense against unnecessary hurt, turmoil, and expense.
Turn2us (www.turn2us.org.uk) is a charitable service which helps people access the money available to them – through welfare benefits, grants and other help.
My Offspring (www.myoffspring.com) is a service designed to alleviate stress and animosity for everyone touched by divorce and separation, whether the parents, extended family or others.
The Ministry of Justice has a leaflet with useful information and links about family mediation and separation. This leaflet can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/489124/family-mediation-leaflet.pdf
The Samaritans (www.samaritans.org) provides confidential emotional support 24/7 to those experiencing despair, distress or suicidal feelings.