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Separated parents in the family courts in Wales are likely to live in deprived areas, according to landmark research on private law proceedings.

The Nuffield Family Justice Observatory (NFJO) says more than twice as many private applications are started in England and Wales each year than public law applications, yet little is known about the families who bring private cases to court.

The NFJO says its report, Uncovering private family law: Who’s coming to court in Wales?, is the first demographic and socio-economic profile of the families involved in private law cases in Wales. It looked at court applications made between 2007 and 2018.

The highest rates of court order applications were from people living in Swansea and South West Wales. In 2018, 29% of fathers and 33% of mothers making private law applications lived in the most deprived areas.

Read the full article here: Law Gazette

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