Private law applications increase by 12% on a year ago
Private law applications to Cafcass have seen a 12% increase by Cafcass for the month of June. This is the highest number of new cases in a month for more than three years.
In June 2017, Cafcass received a total of 3,913 new private law cases. This is a 12% increase compared with those received in June 2016. This represents the highest number of new cases in a single month for more than three years.
Applications made following a divorce/separation about the arrangements for children, such as where a child will live or spend time is generally referred to Private law.
When an application is made to the Court regarding a child, a referral is automatically made to CAFCASS. CAFCASS becomes involved in a case if parents are separating and they can’t agree on what’s best for their child. CAFCASS officers also have other roles such as acting as a Guardian for children in care proceedings and completing reports and assessments.
There are a number of reasons for the increase in CAFCASS receiving private law applications. Recently, amendments have been made to Legal Aid and therefore, some applicants who would have had difficulty meeting the criteria before are finding this more accessible. Furthermore, parents are becoming more accepting that they will have to pay for the legal advice where Legal Aid is not available to them.
Makin Dixon Solicitors Ltd still provides Legal Aid on all aspects of family law across all of our 7 offices. For a free legal aid assessment and to discuss the options available to you please contact one of our specialist team on 0330 3031 999.
Saniya Khalid – Trainee Solicitor