These days, relationship breakdown is something that a large number of people have to cope with. And people working in the licensed trade have the added stresses of working long, antisocial hours often combined with business and financial worries. These pressures can make it even more difficult to devote time and energy to family life.

When you split up from your partner or family, things often just seem a mess. You can find yourself facing urgent practical problems when you don’t feel in a state to cope with them. We are here to help. Call our free helpline on 0808 801 0550, our Advisors will listen without judging and will work with you as best they can to achieve a positive outcome. If you prefer you can email us at

To help you think about some of the main issues you are facing, and suggest ways of coping with immediate and longer term problems we have compiled some useful factsheets.

Citizens Advice Bureau

Provide free, independent, confidential, impartial and up-to-date advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities

National phone service : For England call 03444 111 444. For Wales call 03444 77 20 20

Specific advice on relationships from the Citizens Advice Bureau


UK’s largest provider of relationship support services for individuals, couples and families in their local community. These include counselling, sex therapy, family counselling, services for young people. The service is confidential. You will normally be expected to pay for it. You can get advice and support on a face-to-face basis, or by phone or on-line.

0300 100 1234

Find out where the closest branch to you is here

National Family Mediation Service

Helps people involved in family breakdown to communicate better with one another and reach their own decisions about all or some of the issues arising from separation or divorce – children, property and finance. This service is confidential. You have to pay for mediation.

0800 862 0502 Free helpline 8am-9pm 7 days a week

Child Support Agency/ Child Maintenance Service

Provides information on child maintenance.

Telephone: 0345 713 3133
Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm
Saturdays, 9am to 5pm

Welsh language: 0345 713 8091
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

National Domestic Violence Helpline

A national 24 hour helpline which gives advice and support to anyone experiencing domestic violence. The helpline is provided jointly by Women’s Aid and Refuge.
0808 200 0247 (England)

Scottish Women’s Aid  0800 027 1234

Welsh Women’s Aid 0808 8010 800 (Bilingual)

Additional information for victims of domestic violence in Women’s Aid Survivors Handbook