The following sites provide helpful information, initially at no cost. You may also find our International Sites page to be of interest. In addition, the Citizens Advice Bureaux publish an invaluable online guide (under Family Matters).Advice Now
Advicenow is an independent, not-for-profit website providing accurate, up-to-date information on rights and legal issues, and is funded by the New Opportunities Fund; the Legal Services Commission; the Invest to Save Budget and the Department of Constitutional Affairs. This information service brings together the best information on the law and rights from over 200 UK websites. It doesn’t use a search engine, every link has been hand picked and summarised by a team of experienced advisers. The site also has a section on living together and includes a draft agreement for couples who want to protect their rights in the event of the relationship ending.
BAILII provides access to the most comprehensive free and up-to-date collection of British and Irish primary legal materials on the internet. As at 6 January 2001, BAILII includes 19 searchable databases covering 5 jurisdictions. The system contains over two gigabytes of legal materials and well over 250,000 searchable documents with about 5.5 million hypertext links.
The site contains extensive free legal information, easy to navigate with a wide range of factsheets and frequently asked questions
An established set of chambers offering a specialist service in family law and associated areas of practice with a helpful resources page covering with articles on topics such as Mesher Orders, Civil Partnership Act 2004, Pensions on divorce etc
divorce.co.uk claims to be the largest UK online resource for divorce and separation. It is easy to navigate and provides comprehensive information and articles on legal and financial matters, personal and emotional issues as well as 'hot topics' such as recent changes in the law etc. It is run by Mills and Reeve, an East Anglian firm of solicitors in conjunction with other highly experienced experts.
The Court Service is an executive agency of the Lord Chancellors Department. The site contains information on Judgements, Court Guides, Tribunals, Fees and a digest of weekly news items. There is also the provision of downloadable forms and leaflets, including those on divorce, housing and the Family Law Act, 1996. Find also addresses of all local courts.
Kieron Wood is a barrister, a journalist and author based in Dublin as well as being a single father. Included on the site is comprehensive but simplified information on Ireland's Family Law (Divorce) Act 1996, Nullity Law and details of his book Divorce in Ireland, which covers the law, the options and the issues. For more information on the law in Northern Ireland as well as the Republic of Ireland see the Legal Island website
Family Law pages originally prepared by the Law Department at St. Brendan's Sixth Form College showing a number of important Family Law cases. They are no longer being updated (since 2000) but may however be a useful reference on financial cases such as Calderbank v Calderbank etc.
A collection of websites that facilitate access to the significant amount of resources available covering the law in Scotland. Of particular interest will be An A to Z of the Law of Scotland where under the heading of "Family" will be found information relating to marriage, children, divorce, benefits etc
Another legal firm offering a useful insight into the various aspects of the divorce process is Terry & Co., a firm of Solicitors based in Essex. The site contains a substantial amount of information on both the legal and practical considerations faced by those either contemplating or involved in the divorce process.