The introduction of ‘no-fault’ divorce had led to a “bulge” in cases – Law Society
Children who could be placed in the care of their local authority are facing delays of almost a year for their cases to be started, according to the latest family court statistics (January to March 2022).
“We have persistently voiced our concern about the significant backlogs in the family courts – which pre-date the pandemic. Delays can cause significant harm as well as uncertainty for the parties involved,” said Law Society president, I. Stephanie Boyce.
On average, care cases took 49 weeks in January to March 2022, up six weeks compared to the same quarter in 2021.
Boyce said: “We are also hearing of significant delays in private law children cases and the subsequent impact on children&r...