Edward Timpson MP and Mayor Dorothy Flude show support for new service in Crewe for separating families.
Crewe and Nantwich MP and Cheshire East’s Mayor were among a number of attendees at the launch of Family Matters, a service that helps separating or separated families get through their break-up in a way that causes as little disruption as possible to their children.
Since opening its doors in April 2013, Family Matters has already helped a number parents needing support in Crewe.
Dedicated Family Matters Guides work with parents to help solve their problems.
These may include issues with money, housing, childcare, understanding their rights, as well as the emotional fallout of family breakdown.
The service is free if at least one parent gets a state benefit or earns less than the UK living wage (£7.45 an hour).
The Guides are experienced lawyers and mediators.
Jane Wilson, who is one of the Project Managers for the service and a partner at local solicitors Hall Smith Whittingham, explained that Resolution, a national membership organisation for family lawyers and professionals, had selected Crewe as one of three locations for this pilot service.
“Many families in Crewe could benefit from support when they separate.
Splitting up or getting divorced can be one of the most difficult and stressful events a family can go through.
All the issues parents face can be overwhelming and make talking about arrangements for the children difficult.”
Family Matters Guides Mike Cohen, Sonia Rickard and Lucy Roberts explained how they work with parents to explore the issues relating to their separation, such as children, home or money, and develop an action plan to sort out arrangements with their ex.
Edward Timpson talked about how important the service was for families in Crewe.
“Separating parents do not always need legal advice.
They often simply need common sense and good solid down to earth practical advice.”
Other attendees included Anna Forest-Moseley and Stephanie Jones from Hibberts Solicitors, Richard Barratt from Poole Alcock Solicitors, Kerry Cole and Amy Kettle from Cheshire Without Abuse, Reverend Bill Anderson and Councillor Rachel Bailey.
Anyone interested in using the Family Matters service should phone 01270 259 730.
You can email firstname.lastname@example.org
More information about the service can be seen at www.resolution.org.uk/familymatters