The Times reports a survey carried out by Cafcass, the children's court service in England & Wales. Figures, Cafcass reckon, indicate that some claims made by groups such as Fathers4Justice might be exaggerated and that wouldn't surprise me. The key findings printed in the newspaper were;
• Only one in ten separated or divorced couples ends up going to court to fight over contact with children
• The study looked at a sample of 308 applications for contact.
• Three quarters (77 percent) were made by non-resident parents, usually fathers.
• Fathers instigate 45 percent of the 3,000 residency applications each year.
• In 48 percent of disputed cases last year, children were allowed to live with their fathers either full-time or part-time.
• In only 14 percent of cases was there to be no contact at all.
Claims by fathers groups may well be exaggerated, but the article doesn't make it clear that 'living' with the father could refer to every other weekend and practically no different from a conventional contact order. Also 14 percent of cases were there is to be no contact seems rather a high figure to me.
Full story Source The Times 16 May 2009