Family court

Family law is the area of law that deals with:

  • Public law – local authority intervention to protect children;
  • Private law – parental disputes concerning the upbringing of children;
  • Matrimonial cases – divorces, annulments and separations;
  • Financial Remedy (formerly known as ‘ancillary relief’) – financial provisions after divorce or relationship breakdown;
  • Domestic violence remedy orders;
  • Forced marriage protection orders;
  • Female genital mutilation protection orders;
  • Adoption;
  • The Mental Capacity Act; and
  • Probate

See statistics at MOJ.


Family court - total cases started

Total cases started at family court.

YearFamily court - total cases started
2018262,747
2017255,370
2016256,109
2015245,118
2014241,519
2013265,579
2012265,965
2011263,672

Jan 2018 to Dec 2018 262,747


Children Act - public law

Public law – local authority intervention to protect children.

YearChildren Act - public law
201819,037
201719,152
201618,953
201515,998
201414,909
201315,050
201215,238
201114,788

Jan 2018 to Dec 2018 19,037


Children Act - private law

Private law – parental disputes concerning the upbringing of children.

YearChildren Act - private law
201851,672
201750,652
201648,246
201543,347
201442,114
201354,624
201252,062
201149,067

Jan 2018 to Dec 2018 51,672


Matrimonial matters

Matrimonial cases – divorces, annulments and separations.

YearMatrimonial matters
2018119,073
2017110,016
2016114,825
2015115,271
2014113,324
2013118,304
2012125,125
2011129,888
2010134,105
2009132,802
2008129,618
2007137,022
2006148,233

Jan 2018 to Dec 2018 119,073


Financial remedies

Financial Remedy (formerly known as ‘ancillary relief’) – financial provisions after divorce or relationship breakdown.

YearFinancial remedies
201840,138
201742,308
201641,540
201537,950
201437,654
201342,919
201242,949
201141,666
201046,173
200946,081
200851,768
200758,496
200665,396

Jan 2018 to Dec 2018 40,138


Domestic violence remedy orders

Domestic violence remedy orders.

YearDomestic violence remedy orders
201821,356
201721,214
201620,056
201519,508
201420,295
201319,738
201217,318
201117,057

Jan 2018 to Dec 2018 21,356


Forced marriage protection

Forced marriage protection orders.

YearForced marriage protection
2018283
2017202
2016231
2015189
2014137
2013144
2012109
2011118
2010111
200994

Jan 2018 to Dec 2018 283


Female genital mutilation protection

Female genital mutilation protection orders.

YearFemale genital mutilation protection
201888
201785
201668
201535

Jan 2018 to Dec 2018 88


All Adoption Act

All Adoption Act.

YearAll Adoption Act
201811,100
201711,741
201612,190
201512,820
201413,086
201314,800
201213,164
201111,088

Jan 2018 to Dec 2018 11,100


Applications made under the Mental Capacity Act 2005

Applications made under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

YearApplications made under the Mental Capacity Act 2005
201832,029
201731,332
201629,711
201526,722
201426,272
201324,923
201224,877
201123,538
201020,459
200919,093
200822,583

Jan 2018 to Dec 2018 32,029


Total grants of representation (including probate)

Total grants of representation (including probate).

YearTotal grants of representation (including probate)
2018264,486
2017259,956
2016254,738
2015273,557
2014247,298
2013260,969
2012243,462
2011261,352
2010246,635
2009254,164
2008267,480
2007286,175

Jan 2018 to Dec 2018 264,486

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