Five years ago, Ian launched Wikivorce, with the aim of having everything you would need to get through divorce.
Five years on from the birth of Wikivorce, we are now the world''s largest divorce and relationship breakdown support community and website with a membership of almost 90,000 and over 100,000 pages of information, advice and support.
It is impossible for us to say just how much Wikivorce has helped everyone who has come though our doors, or how our members would have coped had they not stumbled upon Wikivorce.
But you can - you can tell us how Wiki has helped you, and in what way.
Today is about celebrating everything that is good about Wikivorce, and our community. Some of the original members are still here, continuing to support, advise and guide others, people like Fiona, LitteMrMike, Marshy, Dukey, Hadenoughnow and SexySadie. And of course, Mr Wiki himself - Ian. The words "thank you" to all our contributors (not just the ones I have named) seem insignificant in comparison to the immeasurable contribution made by them.
So, a very Happy Birthday to Wikivorce, a huge thank you to all our members for making Wiki what it is, and to Ian, without whom Wikivorce would never have been born. The idea of one man which has helped so many people during a dreadful time in their lives.
Happy Birthday Wikivorce and a huge thank you to Ian for implementing such a wonderful idea.
For me it has meant having information and support at my finger tips.I''m using the Wikivorce service which I''m sure has saved me lots of money.It''s also meant I haven''t had to spend stressful hours in a solicitor''s office.I''ve managed to cope with my divorce,with the help of Wiki friends in the privacy and security of my own home.
Thank you to everyone involved with Wiki for helping me through the ordeal of Divorce.
In the 16 months or so that I have been coming on here,I have got divorced, dealt with financial and children issues, and then supported my fiancee through children issues with his ex, which we seem to be near the end of we hope.
This site has saved me thousands of pounds, has saved me from arguing with my ex on a number of occasions, and actually taught me a lot about parenting skills when you seperate from your childrens other parent - how to "see" the situations clearly and not from your own perspective but from the other parents, and also your childrens. I like to think this benefited my children as well as me.
Some of the advice I have had has been exceptional, some of the support has made me cry and feeling that I can talk about some of the issues in this minefield that we find ourselves in and get constructive, helpful and knowledgeable responses in return has been invaluable.
Even when all the hearings are over, I''ll still be here on Wiki, trying to help other people and for me thats what the site has been about.
Is it really five years old, wow it doesn''t seem that long ago i stumbled across it on a cold winters morning looking for some advice.
Back then there were about 7000 members its hard to believe its close to 90,000 now, still if you have questions where else do you go? even now wiki stands alone as a place of free help.
For me wiki was not a place to ask about forms, it was a safe haven in a very lonely storm, for me that solace was worth more than any help a solicitor could provide, that said the wiki solicitor did the divorce and Consent Order for a fraction of what local solicitors where estimating.
I should also thank wiki for my good lady Linda who i met through the site, three years we have been together now and i reckon we have another 40ish to go till one of us pops off this mortal coil.