Family law



Government moves forward with 'long overdue' family law reform

Family lawyers have welcomed progress on "long overdue" proposals to establish new dedicated family courts within the existing court structures.

Published 30 September 2020

Marion Campbell appointed head of family law at KOD Lyons

Prominent family lawyer Marion Campbell has joined KOD Lyons after more than 10 years in private practice.

Published 17 September 2020

Child care lawyers to consider reforms to 1991 Act

The Family Lawyers' Association of Ireland has established a working group of child care law practitioners to make recommendations for reform of the Child Care Act 1991.

Published 26 August 2020

Family lawyer William Cross joins Edwards & Co Solicitors in short break from retirement

Family lawyer William Cross has taken a break from retirement to join Edwards & Co Solicitors as a locum.

Published 14 August 2020

English child care judge found to have potential bias after leaving remote link open

The Court of Appeal (Civil Division) has remitted care proceedings in respect of a baby whose brother died to the Family Division after finding that the original judge may have expressed bias against one of the parties when she made a number of pejorative comments to her clerk about the appellant including that she had tried “every trick in the book” to avoid having to answer difficult questions. 

Published 31 July 2020

Family law queries dominate Children's Rights Alliance helpline for second year

Family law issues have remained the dominant theme of calls to the Children's Rights Alliance helpline in its second year, revealing a "serious gap" in the family law system.

Published 29 July 2020

Funding secured for Hammond Lane family courts complex

Funding has been secured to allow the proposed dedicated family courts complex at Hammond Lane to go ahead, Justice Minister Helen McEntee has said.

Published 15 July 2020

Cautious welcome for commitment to family law reform in draft government programme

Lawyers have cautiously welcomed a commitment to family law reform in the draft Programme for Government agreed by Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the Green Party.

Published 16 June 2020

Lord Chief Justice warns against 'misuse' of remote courts technology

The Lord Chief Justice, Sir Declan Morgan, has warned against the "misuse" of remote courts technology following its use during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published 10 June 2020

Bar Council 'should be slapped with €2m bill for Law Library premises or evicted'

The Bar Council of Ireland should be slapped with a €2 million bill and asked to pay market rent for the continued use of the Law Library building at the Four Courts or be evicted to make way for a family courts complex, a barrister has said.

Published 9 June 2020

New guidance published for family lawyers in coronavirus pandemic

The Law Society of Ireland's family and child law committee has updated its guidance on issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published 5 June 2020

Concerns about recording of remote family law hearings 'must be weighed against' continuing justice

Concerns that parents could secretly record remote childcare hearings "must be weighed against the importance of cases continuing to be heard", a leading family lawyer has said.

Published 3 June 2020

High Court: Hague Convention return of a child refused

The High Court has refused the return of a child pursuant to Hague Convention on the grounds that it would place the child in an intolerable situation.

Published 22 May 2020

Keith Walsh sets out practical tips for remote hearings

Family lawyer Keith Walsh has set out practical tips for solicitors attending remote hearings.

Published 22 May 2020

Breach of access hearings to be treated as urgent matters

Hearings on breach of access and breach of maintenance for separated parents are expected to be treated as urgent matters by the District Court.

Published 7 May 2020