Fathers in Britain are getting more justice than may be apparent when it comes to securing contact with their children through the courts, figures suggest.
In 48 per cent of disputed cases last year, children were allowed to live with their fathers either full-time or part-time.
The figures have been compiled by Cafcass, the childrens court service. They suggest that some claims made by groups such as Fathers4Justice might be exaggerated.
A spokesman for Cafcass said there was a growing body of evidence that the courts were responding to the greater role played by fathers in family life. The figures point to a demographic and social trend of fathers taking more part in their childrens lives, and a policy within the system of focusing on the interests of the child, the spokesman said.
Fathers instigate 45 per cent of the 3,000 residency applications each year.Only one in ten separated or divorced couples ends up going to court to fight over contact with children, Cafcass found, with most couples agreeing on arrangements themselves.