Law firm works to help parents

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A SHEFFIELD-based law firm has been awarded £1.4 million of Government cash to provide free help and support to parents going through a separation.

Howells was awarded the money for a new scheme to give parents extra support to help them to work together for the sake of their children.

It will target parents who are outside the scope of legal aid, particularly middle income families.

The scheme will allow 2,000 parents across South Yorkshire to receive free family legal advice, help with debt, benefits, employment and housing issues.

They will also be offered access to counselling and mediation in a bid to help resolve their problems without having to resort to going through the courts.

Project manager Sue Colven said: “Howells is delighted to be able to provide free help and advice to separating parents.

“We will work with local parents to make their break up as stress-free as possible so that they can concentrate on what is important – working together.”

The scheme, which will run for two years, is designed to reduce the impact and stress of separation.