Surge in private family disputes

Family Law|November 13th 2017

The number of family disputes involving children referred to the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) jumped by 16 per cent last month, when compared to 2016.

The total of 3,916 referrals is the highest number of referrals in a single month since October 2013.

Cafcass received 40,571 referrals regarding private disputes between April last year and March this year – nine per cent more than in the preceding 12 months.

Read more here.

Cafcass represents the interests of children involved in both private disputes and care proceedings.

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  1. Helen Dudden says:

    My concerns with CAFCASS and all this effort is within international law cases it can be a waste of time. No matter what you do.

  2. Mr T says:

    It’ll get worse before it gets better (and they introduce shared parenting)

  3. spinner says:

    By default
    1. The kids spend 50% of their time with one parent and 50% of their time with the other.
    2. With equal time spent with each parent nobody pays child support either way.
    The only reason to deviate from this setup is either practical reasons such as lack of housing which may be temporary and so if that is resolved then you without dispute revert back to the default. Obviously if one parent is a junkie or has *convictions* not just allegations for violent behavior then they need to sort that out if possible to revert to the default.
    Men are encouraged to become equally involved with their children, my dad’s generation it was very much optional but as soon as there is separation suddenly the default is still the mother taking the kids and deciding what is and isn’t good for them, this is not acceptable anymore.

    • Stitchedup says:

      “Obviously if one parent is a junkie or has *convictions* not just allegations for violent behavior then they need to sort that out if possible to revert to the default.”
      I wouldn’t include convictions for harmless breaches of dodgy non-mols in the above. They will be recorded as domestic violence convictions even though no actual violence has taken place.

  4. Mr T says:

    They’ll soon be making fortunes! Drumming up some serious wonga at £215 for a breach! Non-molestation order breach fines – bang on raking it in.

  5. Alienated Father says:

    It must only be a coincidence, because the same thing happen with during the credit crunch in 2008-2012.

    The simple fact is, single mothers financially have a better life than if the lived with their kid(s) father. Add to the mix no legal aid unless there are allegations of domestic violence and Cafcass hits the jackpot!

    The figures are even higher this time because, a percentage of the kids that were stolen from their families 10 years ago, now have their own children.

    Needless to say without the support of 1 or 2 sets of maternal and or paternal extended biological families. Almost all are destined for the family Court. Guess which organisation(s) cashes in again?

    The only positive to take from this is, the figures might be high this year… they are no where as bad as what next years will be.

    • Llyod says:

      You have managed to hit every nail centre on the head. What are the chances of anyone in power actually reading this and acting?

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