About Us

What is Sorting out Separation?

Sorting out Separation is a FREE online resource for parents and couples dealing with divorce or separation.

Sorting out Separation will:

  • show you where to find reliable information, easy-to-use tools and specialist services on a range of topics
  • help you focus on and deal with the most important issues
  • create a personalised list of support services and tools for your circumstances

If you live in Scotland or Northern Ireland, please use the ‘Next Steps for you’ tool to get accurate legal information and useful links to organisations near you.

Who runs Sorting out Separation?

Sorting out Separation is part of the Government’s Help and Support for Separated Families initiative. This initiative aims to encourage parents to seek support, and develop and co-ordinate the support that is available.


How was the information produced?

The information provided by Sorting out Separation is produced in partnership with a range of specialist support organisations. This includes:

Citizens Advice – for housing and money advice

Citizens Advice Service is the UK’s largest advice provider, helping people resolve a huge range of problems by providing information and support. This includes offering legal, housing and money advice for separated families.

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) – for child maintenance, work and
benefits information

The DWP is the Government department responsible for welfare, pensions and child maintenance policy. It supports separated parents in making child maintenance arrangements, and administers the state pension and benefit payments.

Family lives – for Children and parenting advice

Family Lives is a charity which helps parents deal with change by providing professional, non-judgmental support about all aspects of family life – including child development, parenting/relationship support, family breakdown, and mental health concerns of both parents and their children.

Ministry of Justice (MoJ) – for legal and mediation information

The Ministry of Justice is the Government department responsible for the courts, prisons, probation services and attendance centres. It aims to encourage the use of mediation to resolve disputes. It also provides information about family law and the legal system, including Legal Aid.

Parent Connection – for information on health issues

The Parent Connection is a service provided by One Plus One, the UK’s leading relationship research organisation. It supports parents who are going through separation or struggling with parenting after separation – including helping parents and children to deal with their emotions.

Resolution – legal and mediation information

Resolution is an organisation of 6,500 family lawyers and other professionals in England
and Wales, who take a constructive, non-confrontational approach to family law matters. Offering advice to separated parents as well as childless couples, Resolution also campaigns for improvements to the family justice system.

Relate – for relationships support

Relate are the UK’s largest provider of relationship support, helping over 1 million people a year. Services include relationship counselling for individuals and couples, family mediation and children and young people’s counselling.

Shelter – for housing information and advice

Shelter offers free, expert housing advice and practical support for anyone experiencing problems in this area – including separated families who need help keeping their home or dealing with other housing issues.

There is lots of useful information on Sorting out Separation to help with all aspects of divorce and separation. Take a look and try using our tailored support tool to create your own personalised list of support.