Wanna see some scary stats? Here you go. I’ve prettified them but still best to view them through your fingers or by peering round the side of the sofa just in case.
Post script : I posted this late in the evening and in the aftermath of a near tantrum following an hour fiddling with the software to make the above chart. Hence, I did not have the wit to identify my source. Which was some stats circulated by our local DFJ and which originate from CAFCASS (not the court). The stats relate to s8 applications (contact and residence) and show variously cases where “one party has a solicitor”, “both parties have a solicitor” and “neither party has a solicitor”. That begs the question “What about cases involving more than two parties, e.g. those with a Guardian or a grandparent – the former is likely to involve at least one lawyer but I’m not sure if they are included in the stats or not.