The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) has reported a drop in private law cases for July 2014.
Private law cases are disputes between individuals. Private family law cases which involve children can include divorce or custody battles.
Cafcass, which is part of the Ministry of Justice, represents children in these cases in order to ensure their best interests are served.
In July 2014 the group received 2,928 new private law cases. This number represents a 36 per cent drop from the same time last year.
During this financial year, Cafcass has seen fewer new private law cases start each month than in 2013-14. This has resulted in a significantly lower total number of cases for the year.
At this time last year, the group had received 18,055 new private law cases. This year the total so far is only 10,895.
Cafcass previously reported a major drop in private law cases in June. Care applications dropped in 2014 as well. These transfer responsibility for a child’s welfare to a local authority.