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Government has moral imperative to fix child court backlogs

15th September 2023

Law Gazette

According to official court statistics, more than 80,000 children are involved in private family law proceedings in England and Wales. These are proceedings where a court looks to address such crucial issues for a child as where they will live, how much time they will spend with a parent, and even which future school they will attend when their parents have separated.

There is a wait of approximately 12 months for a decision to be made through the court in these types of cases. This shows not only the sheer volume of cases being dealt with by a court system that is at breaking point, but also the thousands of children and their families whose lives are being adversely affected and displaced whilst waiting for these decisions to be made.

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