Find out what your rights are if your relationship has broken down, for example whether you can stay in the family home or who the children should live with. You can also find out how to deal with things like making a will, registering a birth or changing your name, and where else to go for help.
Please note that Gingerbread is a single parent charity and can only offer advice to single parents who are the main or equal caregiver of the child. They are unable to offer advice to parents who don’t live with their children.
T: 0808 802 0925
Mon: 10am to 6pm
Tue/Thu/Fri: 10am to 4pm
Wed: 10am-1pm and 5pm-7pm
The helpline is closed on all public holidays.
Rights of Women provide legal advice and information on a wide range of legal issues including domestic violence, child contact, sexual violence and the criminal justice process and immigration and asylum as well as other legal issues arising from relationship breakdown.
Advice Lines Family Law T: 020 7251 6577 Criminal Law T: 020 7251 8887 Immigration Law T: 020 7118 0267 Sexual harassment at work T: 020 7490 0152
Low-cost face to face counselling in Watford as well as telephone counselling and counselling via Zoom. Available for women over the age of 16 years who have experienced sexual violence at any time in their lives.
Helpline – call and leave a message to request a call back T: 01923 249 511
Cafcass stands for Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service.
Cafcass represents children in family court cases in England. We independently advise the family courts about what is safe for children and in their best interests. We put their needs, wishes and feelings first, making sure that children’s voices are heard at the heart of the family court setting.
CourtNav is a digital service provided by RCJ Citizens Advice. Using CourtNav you can apply for either a Non-Molestation order, an Occupation Order or both.
Please note that by completing an application on CourtNav, that you are not making an application straight to Court. All CourtNav applications will be checked by a Legal Adviser, who will then advise you on the best course of action which may not necessarily be an application to the court.
You can use CourtNav with the help of a support worker if you have one (for example an IDVA, domestic abuse worker or Citizens Advice adviser). Alternatively you can register to use CourtNav by yourself. If you are a woman, you can also get assistance via the FLOWS service.
Advice by phone:
Adviceline 0800 144 8848
Limited face to face drop in:
First come first served - Monday to Thursday between 09:30am and 12:30pm
If you need advice by phone you can call our advice line. This is a Hertfordshire wide service.
Our advice line is open 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.
We will help you as far as we can with publicly available information and decide on a next step which may include putting you in touch with another organisation or arranging a follow up phone appointment.