Legal advisory service Cafcass was involved in almost 3,834 private family law cases in September, six per cent up on the same period last year.
Private law cases are those which take place between individuals, rather than between individuals and the state as in, for example, care proceedings.
Despite the increase, the newly published statistics reveal that that the September figure is also the lowest monthly total since December last year, when the number dropped to 2,996.
A total of 25,977 private law cases were referred to Cafcass in the six months to September, a significant 16 per cent increase on the same period last year.
Cafcass, the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service, works to promote the welfare of children involved in family law cases. Its remit involves private cases when separating or divorcing parents cannot agree on arrangements for their children, as well as adoption and care proceedings.
Other recently published statistics reveal that the service took part in 830 care applications over September. This total had has also changed by six per cent since September the previous year, but has decreased rather than increased. Cafcass was involved in 5,278 care applications in the six months to September, a two per cent drop over the same period last year.
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