The Supporting Separated Parents in Dispute (SSPID) pilot sees Cafcass offering, from 1st November 2014, a service to help parents who are in dispute with their ex-partner about arrangements for their children following divorce or separation. This service is in addition to what Cafcass already provides to the court after an application has been made.
The pilot will help separating parents in dispute access information, guidance and support about the most appropriate dispute resolution pathways available to them.
We are doing this because if parents separate they need to do it in the best possible way for their children. Too many people end up fighting expensive, confrontational and unnecessary court battles. The Government wants to make sure that separating parents are able to access the right advice, information and support at the right time.
The pilots will run from November 2014 until April 2017.