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Summer Holiday Survival Guide for Separated Families

Mediation charity offers advice as schools close for the summer

The summer holidays can prove challenging for all families. Juggling childcare, entertaining the kids, and keeping them topped up with endless snacks over the six-week period can prove tough for even the most organised of parents.

For separated couples though it can be particularly hard.

According to...

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Sun, sea and single parents: Summer holidays spark concerns for single parents  

With the end of this week marking the start of the summer holidays for most children across the UK, parents are preparing themselves for six weeks of childcare, days out and entertainment. However, for some families it can be one of the most challenging times of the year. 

Research from consumer legal services company, Slater and Gordon , found that just one-fifth (19%) of separated...

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Curfews proposed for parents who fail to pay child maintenance

Parents who refuse to pay child maintenance could face curfews, as Ministers plan new powers for the Child Maintenance Service.

The change is being considered as part of fresh proposals that will get more of the money that is owed to the children of separated parents.

The Child Maintenance Service (CMS) collected or arranged £1 billion in child maintenance payments last year,...

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Families supported by £33 million to drive down parental conflict

Thousands of families with children are set to benefit from £33 million support to resolve conflict at home and improve children’s life chances.

From: Department for Work and Pensions and Baroness Deborah Stedman-Scott OBE DL

Published 12 April 2022

The Reducing Parental Conflict programme – which funds councils across England to deliver evidence-based relationship support...

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Solving co-parenting dilemmas for separated families as the summer holiday looms

Uncertainty about how summer holidays might shape up this year means separated families should consider making flexible written parenting plans right now, says a leading family dispute resolution charity currently providing its services by video conference.

Arrangements for children during the long school vacation always provide headaches for separated parents. This year, the delayed...