Custody fights in 4 in 10 break-ups
NEARLY four out of ten family break-ups finish with a courtroom battle over the children, figures show.
It means that 50,000 couples whose marriages or relationships end each year fight so seriously over who will look after their children that they need a judge to rule on their future.
This is four times higher than estimates long accepted by lawyers, social workers and politicians. The figures were produced by family court social workers in response to queries from pressure group Families Need Fathers.
The chief family judge, Sir Andrew McFarlane, said the figures, which indicate that around 38 per cent of couples need to go to court to resolve arrangements for the children, were ‘a far cry from the previous comfortable urban myth based on a figure of 10 per cent’.