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Public law children applications rise by 35% compared with last autumn

Court statistics released for children proceedings, divorce, ancillary relief and domestic violence.

The Ministry for Justice has published quarterly court statistics for July to September 2009.

The greatest shift in court business related to public law children applications where in the third quarter of 2009 there were 6,500 applications which represents an increase of 35% on the same quarter of 2008. Three quarters of those applications were made in the family proceedings court. There were also 35,600 private law applications, a 19% increase on that period in the previous year. Just over three-quarters of those were made in the county courts.

There were 34,400 petitions for dissolution of marriage (whether by divorce or nullity) in the third quarter of this year, compared with 32,500 in the same period a year ago. The number of decrees absolute fell to 29,500 from 30,700. The disposal of applications for ancillary relief was down to 20,800 from 23,200.

The number of applications to the county courts for domestic violence remedies increased from 6,700 to 6,900. The proportion of applications made for non-molestation orders also increased from 69% to 73%.

The report can be read here.