Cus­tody fights in 4 in 10 break-ups

Daily Mail - - Life -

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’.

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