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Financial remedy applications up 4%

Slight rise noted in this quarter's family court statistics.

  • Just over 10,000 financial remedy applications were made to the family court between July and September 2015 a slight rise of 4% on the same period in 2014.

    In the same period there were 9,713 financial remedy disposals, down 6% on the equivalent quarter in 2014. 66% of these were uncontested, 26% were initially contested, and 8% were contested throughout. Property adjustment orders and lump sum orders each accounted for about a third of the total financial remedy disposal types.

    The figures are published in the latest MoJ Family Court Statistics Bulletin published on 17 December. 

    The Bulletin also highlights timeliness of cases and their relation to representation. It notes a rise in the length of time where both parties had representation and also that private children cases are also taking longer to reach a first disposal (see figures 8 & 9 in the Bulletin). However the authors also sound a note of caution about any figures regarding representation as those cases where no representation is recorded are 

    "not necessarily self-representing litigants in person - for example, Table 6 suggests that for half of the divorce cases not involving financial remedies disposed, neither party had legal representation. However, further analysis shows that these were uncontested cases and about 98 to 99% of them did not have a single hearing"

    Other key findings highlighted in the Bulletin are that:

    • the number of cases that started in family courts in England and Wales in July to September 2015 was 61,499, nearly the same as that for the equivalent quarter of 2014, maintaining a steadily flat trend. Nearly half of new cases are divorce cases.
    • the average time for the disposal of a care or supervision application made in July to September 2015 was 28 weeks, and the trend over the past year has remained stable at this level following the longer term downward trend seen since 2011.
    • 60% of care or supervision proceedings were disposed of within 26 weeks, following on from the 26 week time limit for completing these cases introduced in the Children and Families Act 2014.
    • there has been a general upward trend in the number of applications for non-molestation domestic violence remedy orders since the end of 2012, and following the drop seen at the end of 2014, there was a slight increase in the latest quarter.
    • there were 28 applications and 18 orders made for Female Genital Mutilation Protection Orders (FGMPOs) in July to September 2015, following their introduction on 17 July 2015.
    • the recent drop in the number of adoption orders issued has continued, with a 17% drop seen in July to September 2015 compared to the equivalent quarter for 2014, driven by the number of adoption orders issued to male/female couples falling by a quarter.
    • there has been a gradual upward trend in the total number of applications and orders made under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

    You can download the full Bulletin and tables from the MoJ website here.

News, published: 17/12/2015

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Published: 17/12/2015

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