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Unrepresented mothers in private law children proceedings increase by over 60%

59% of mothers act for themselves

The number of mothers representing themselves in private law children proceedings has risen from 16,458 in 2012 to 27,017 in 2013. That is an increase of almost two-thirds (64%). The number of unrepresented mothers has increased at almost double the rate of unrepresented fathers.

This revelation follows a Freedom of Information request by, the UK divorce and separation service which combines fixed fee legal advice with family mediation.

Between April and December 2013, more mothers (59%) appeared at court without a lawyer than with one. This reverses the position for the same period in 2012 when 61% of women were represented by lawyers at child-related court proceedings.

The MoJ data can be accessed from this page.