Stuart Barton (Head of Department) and Paula Fraser


Cafcass looks after the interests of children involved in family proceedings. They advise the courts on what they consider to be in the best interests of individual children.


Relationship advice and information for parents who are separating or have separated. Telephone 0845 456 1310. The national office can put you in touch with Relate’s local centres.

It’s not your fault

Practical information for children, young people and parents going through a family break-up.


An independent charity working to promote the interests and welfare of lone parents and their children. Helpline 0808 802 0925


Help and advice for adults 0808 800 5000


An organisation of family lawyers and other professionals committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes.

Ministry of Justice

Information about Her Majesty’s Court and Tribunal Service. Download Court forms and further information regarding Legal Aid.

Men’s Advice Line

Advice and support for men experiencing domestic abuse or violence.


A Bolton based charitable organisation. Provides assistance and emergency accommodation to women and children who are affected by domestic abuse.