Relationship support services are available for parents having relationship problems. They can have relationship counselling and therapy. When parents decide to separate, they can use the pre-court Family Mediation service but should note that this is provided at a pre court stage. This service is available through Family Mediation NI Pre-court mediation service This service is available through: • Family Mediation NI
Northern Ireland Child Contact Centres provide a safe, neutral and child-centred environment in which children of separated families can spend quality time with the parent they no longer live with. The Centres are seen as a temporary arrangement when there is no viable meeting place for these families.
Child Maintenance Service is regular financial support that helps pay everyday living costs of bringing up a child when parents are separated. It’s for children who are under 16 or under 20 and still in full-time education not higher than A-Level. Child maintenance can help your child’s well-being and the quality of family relationships.
The parent who doesn’t have the day-to-day care (the ‘paying parent’) pays child maintenance to the parent or person who does (the ‘receiving parent’).
Separated parents can arrange child maintenance:
Separation and Divorce can be a challenging and upsetting time for all involved. But although there may be a lot going on, it's important to make sure the children get the support they need.