The Government says that over a quarter of a million separated parents in Britain are set to benefit from £6.5m of pioneering and innovative support to help them to work together for the sake of their children.
New funding has been awarded to seven voluntary and third-sector organisations to give around 280,000 separated families creative and targeted help to collaborate in their children’s interests. This is the first of two rounds of funding awards, as part of £20m dedicated to supporting separated families, and represents a substantial increase in funding for out-of-court support for separated parents by the government.
The schemes include a national 'virtual' internet-based mediation service hosted by Relate, together with more localised face-to-face mediation to help parents reach amicable agreements. Also announced are plans for parenting classes for the hardest-to-reach teenage mums and dads, counselling and therapy projects, and specialist support to help those who fear their ex-partners.
Read more here.
(Perhaps not removing legal aid might have been more helpful/supportive?)