Family Law UK Statistics 2019

Family Law Statistics for July – September 2019 have been released by the Ministry of Justice National Statistics initiative. The Family Law UK Statistics 2019 release makes for an interesting read. They evidence an increase in the number of cases started in the Family Courts across England & Wales.  I will explain the contents within this blog and further family law articles can be found here.

Increase in the Number of Cases Started in the Family Courts

There has been an increase in the number of individuals seeking family law assistance. The Family Courts have seen a total of 67,431 new cases between July – September 2019. Therefore, this is a 1% increase in comparison to the same period last year. The increase is due to a rise in a 23% rise in domestic violence cases as well as a 5% increase in private law proceedings and a 1% increase in public law proceedings.

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The Decrease in Divorce Proceeding Statistics

Also, there has been a decrease in the number of divorce petitions commenced.  It is also noted that there has been a 3% decrease in the number of divorce petitions progressed in July – September 2019 when compared to the same period in the previous year.  The time period for a divorce to progress to decree nisi decreased from 31 weeks to 30 weeks in the period mentioned above. In this period there were also 23,325 Decree Absolutes granted and this is an increase of 38% from the same period last year.

I have noted that the backlogs being suffered by the Family Courts are being processed. They had previously caused a backlog within the divorce system and led to a purported decrease in the number of divorce figures. The decrease is in part due to the backlog and is likely to lead to an increase in the figures next time around.

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Increase in Domestic Violence Remedy Applications & Orders

It is saddening to note that we have seen a 23% increase in application for domestic violence in July – September 2019 when compared to the same period last year. Also, the total number of applications during this period were 7,876. In the majority (over 80%) sought a non-molestation injunction and the remainder sought an occupation order. I guess the positive to take away is that more individuals are effectively seeking assistance and are receiving much-needed support.

Forced Marriage Protection Orders & Female Genital Mutilation Protection Orders

These issues have received a lot more publicity over the last few years and government initiatives have highlighted the issues some face.  Thus, this means that we are seeing a rise in the number of individuals seeking support. In July – September 2019, we have seen 101 applications and 69% of them related to individuals aged 17 years and under. In relation to female genital mutilation, there were 33 applications in the period of July – September 2019.

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The full figures can be found here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/852097/FCSQ_July_to_September_2019.pdf