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“Your help during a trying time was priceless. Thank you again.”
KA, Dad, London

Our Services

Fathers4Justice is the world’s largest shared parenting campaign group with over 55,000 registered supporters. Founded in 2001 by Matt O’Connor, F4J has over 15 years experience of providing help, support and advice for fathers, grandparents and other family members going through the family courts, as well as winning shared residency for countless dads.

If you’ve got a problem seeing your children, we can help.

How we can help you

  1. We know how bad things get. We will help you talk things through and explore your options.
  2. We will give you independent, confidential advice on your case.
  3. We are fathers who have been through the system, and won.
  4. We will give you options for further ongoing support in your case.


Our Online Forum

Our private online help forum can offer you invaluable help, support and advice from other fathers, parents, relatives and the F4J Team. Share your concerns and problems with problems with people in the same situation as you.

A year’s subscription to our online forum is £30.00. To register visit here.

F4J Case Worker

Fathers4Justice case workers are available on a first come, first served basis. They will provide a detailed support service to help you move quickly with your case including:

  1. Case Review & Consultation: including telephone consultation, written summary and action list.
  2. Hourly consultation thereafter ref court applications, advice, support.
  3. We will require a concise summary of your case, PDF files of any relevant documents and disclosure of all relevant issues.
  4. We will assist you with advice on Child Arrangement Orders, Cafcass, Court Hearings, Shared Residency.
  5. False Allegations, Parental Alienation, Police involvement and Contact Handovers.

To check availability and fees email

Matt O’Connor

Matt O’Connor is the founder of Fathers4Justice and the UK’s leading fathers rights campaigner. A regular contributor to the media on the issue of fatherlessness and the family courts, Matt has advised numerous celebrity dads on their cases and helped countless others win shared residency in the family courts.

Matt is available to assist with a small number of individual cases each year, subject to availability.

Please email to check availability and fees.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do your costs and service compare to that of a solicitor?
We offer an independent service based on the experience of thousands of fathers and other relatives who have been through the family justice system since our foundation in 2001. We tell you as it is, not how the government and family lawyers would like you to believe it is. Our costs are a fraction of those charged by solicitors (£200-£300 an hour), who have a vested interest in long, protracted legal cases. We want your case to be resolved as quickly as possible.

What sort of advice do I receive?
We provide personal support and advice based on our unrivalled experience of the family justice system over the last 15 years. Whilst there are no easy solutions, our track record is one of successfully assisting fathers, grandparents and other relatives re-establish relationships with their children and grandchildren.

Are there any useful tips before I start my case?
Knowledge is power. Use Fathers4Justice as your one-stop library for information on how to represent yourself in court with our support.

What are the common pitfalls?
Most fathers – us included – have learnt the hard way. Do not take the advice of solicitors at face value. They will omit to tell you that the family justice system is broken and that up to 50% of court orders are flouted with impunity. Only Fathers4Justice can give you independent advice on the legal system and how to win your case.

Is there a free service I can use?
F4J is not a charity and receives no government funding. We rely entirely on donations and other income to fund our campaign. We are currently trying to secure funding for a 24/7 free lifeline and confidential help service which will offer emotional support and practical advice to parents experiencing problems related to seeing their children and family breakdown. Where possible, we do provide a free initial telephone consultation.

What does Fathers4Justice campaign for?
We campaign for a legal presumption of 50/50 shared parenting between mothers and fathers. We believe that the best parent for a child is both parents. For further information visit our campaign page

I am feeling depressed. Where can I get help now?
If you are feeling depressed or suicidal call the Samaritans

I am concerned about the welfare of my children. Who should I speak to?
If you have concerns about the welfare of a child contact the NSPCC


What dads say about the F4J Help Service

“Your help during a trying time was priceless. Thank you again.”
KA, Dad, London

“I spent over £250,000 on Mishcon De Reya solicitors who told me I could never get shared residence of my children. I went to court with Matt O’Connor from F4J and left with a shared residency order.”
NS, Father, London

“Thanks for supporting me in my fight to be a part of my daughter’s life, in particular when I was at my lowest point during my battle with blood cancer.”
Richard C, Dad, London

“Thanks for the call & support today. Much appreciated. Keep up the good work!”
Matt K, Father, Bournemouth

“F4J have been a tremendous inspiration. Thank you for giving my family hope.”
Paul R, Dad, Portsmouth

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