Private law data

Private law demand is generally used to refer to applications made following a divorce or separation about the arrangements for children, such as where a child will live or with whom a child will spend time.

Note: Cafcass private law demand statistics are published on the tenth working day of each month. Figures are provided from our national databases, the current electronic case management system (ECMS) and historical case management system (CMS). In private law the unit of measurement is a case (note a case can involve multiple children and multiple application types). These are counted upon receipt of the application from the court and entry into the database. The ECMS is a live system and any late entries will be accounted for upon the release of subsequent updates to this data.

If you have any queries about the private law statistics, please contact us via our website form.

 

  • Monthly statistics

    The number of private law applications received per month nationally can be seen in the table below.

    Latest release: We received 42,347 new private law cases from April 2019 to February 2020, which is 2,575 cases (6.5%) more than the same period in 2018-19. These cases involved 63,600 children, which is 2,889 (4.8%) more children than April 2019 to February 2020.

    You can download February 2020 Private law demand, which contains the latest official statistics for private law demand.

     

    Private law cases received

    2016-17

    2017-18

    2018-19

    2019-20

    Cases

    Children

    Cases

    Children

    Cases

    Children

    Cases

    Children

    Apr

           3,466

    5,173

    3,132

    4,704

    3,461

    5,229

    3,616

    5,445

    May

           3,168

    4,772

    3,626

    5,521

    3,635

    5,600

    3,854

    5,925

    Jun

            3,481

    5,252

    3,815

    5,777

    3,390

    5,143

    3,620

    5,542

    Jul

     3,372

    5,070

    3,615

    5,434

    3,684

    5,714

    4,272

    6,505

    Aug

     3,436

    5,214

    3,639

    5,486

    3,943

    5,990

    3,749

    5,750

    Sep

           3,494

    5,236

    3,548

    5,493

    3,430

    5,215

    3,733

    5,741

    Oct

     3,377

    5,102

    3,814

    5,801

    3,982

    6,033

    4,293

    6,527

    Nov

           3,491

    5,241

    3,744

    5,715

    4,013

    6,055

    3,965

    6,084

    Dec

             2,842

    4,302

    2,739 4,144 3,046 4,726 3,240 4,954
    Jan

           3,240

    4,896

    3,506 5,287 3,556 5,449 4,075 6,136
    Feb

             3,329

    4,995

    3,087 4,718 3,632 5,557 3,930 4,991
    Mar

    3,810

    5,691

    3,525 5,399 4,071 6,141
    Total

    40,506

    60,944

    41,790

    63,483

    43,843

    66,852

    42,347

    63,600

     

  • Annual summaries

    April 2018 – March 2019

    • Between April 2018 and March 2019 Cafcass received a total of 43,839 new private law cases.
    • This figure shows a 4.9% increase compared with the previous financial year.

     

    April 2017 – March 2018

    • Between April 2017 and March 2018 Cafcass received a total of 41,789 new private law cases.
    • This figure shows a 3.1% increase compared with the previous financial year.

    April 2016 – March 2017

    • Between April 2016 and March 2017 Cafcass received a total of 40,536 new private law cases.
    • This figure shows an 8.3% increase compared with the previous financial year.

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