The number of private family disputes referred to Cafcass jumped by more than ten per cent in December.
The service received a total of 2,991 ‘private law’ referrals that month, a jump of 12 per cent over the same month the previous year.
The term ‘private law’ refers to family disputes between individuals, typically over arrangements for children following divorce or separation. By contrast, ‘public law’ cases involve the intervention of the state. Care applications are a prime example.
In the 12 months to March last year, no less than 34,127 private family cases were referred to Cafcass, which works to represent the interests of children caught up in legal proceedings. The figure represented a drop of more than a quarter over the previous year: 46,636 were referred in the year to March 2014.
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