courts has more than doubled in six years after legal aid cuts. Campaigners have warned “huge injustices” are taking place and children’s best interests are being “obscured”. Government data revealed 23,881 parents who applied to open private law cases for
The number of parents forced to represent themselves in child custody battles at family
arrangements in 2017 had no legal representation – up 134 per cent since 2011. Lawyers said the increase meant people with little knowledge of law were having to navigate “complex and confusing cases”, leading to anxiety for parents and children.