01 DEC 2017
Cafcass research shows 30% of private law cases return to court
Cafcass has published research which shows the scale of private law cases that come back to court. The research shows that 30% of the 40,599 private law applications involving Cafcass in 2016/17 had been to court before. The majority of these returned within two years and almost a third had been to court at least twice before. Cafcass identified four principal causes for returning cases:
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safeguarding concerns raised by parties;
high conflict between adults;
changes in life circumstances; and
the child’s wishes and feelings.