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Family Court Statistics Quarterly
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by Jo Edwards Partner and Head of Family at Forsters LLP
The latest Family Court quarterly statistics highlight that although on the face of it there was not much change in the number of cases being issued in family courts in 2017 the numbers are to a significant degree 'massaged' by the decrease in divorce petitions being issued. However that does not change the fact that there remains significant pressure on the family courts both with public law (e.g. care) cases but increasingly also with private law applications for orders relating to (particularly) child arrangements or money. The proportion of disposals in private law cases where neither party had legal representation was 37% the highest on record. Couple this with the general increase in the number of applications in private law cases in the recent past and what one sees is a clogging up of the system by those without representation who with access to even a little publicly funded legal advice at the outset may have been signposted into mediation or given information that would have helped them settle their...
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