Family law



Man held up judge and lawyer in terrifiying siege

A man held up a judge, a barrister and his estranged wife with a fake pistol and a hoax pipe bomb during a “terrifying” siege in a Dublin court, his sentence hearing has been told.

Published 25 January 2021

Family lawyers pay tribute to social worker who died from Covid-19

Family lawyers have paid tribute to Fermanagh social worker Nuala McLaughlin, who died from Covid-19 late last year.

Published 22 January 2021

Woman claims legal aid application in family law case was refused because she receives HAP

A woman who wants to bring family law proceedings against her allegedly violent former partner has launched a High Court challenge over the Legal Aid Board's refusal to fund her action.

Published 13 January 2021

Remote hearings 'not delivering access to justice' in family courts

Remote hearings are not delivering effective access to justice in Northern Ireland's family courts, research by an Ulster University academic suggests.

Published 18 December 2020

Claire Edgar: More must be done to ensure equality in divorce settlements

Family lawyer Claire Edgar, partner at Francis Hanna & Co Solicitors, examines the issue of equality in divorce settlements.

Published 16 December 2020

High Court: Family law abuse of privilege may have costs orders implications

The High Court has granted a divorce and made a number of orders in relation to a family home, commenting that an abuse of privilege may have costs implications.

Published 2 December 2020

District Court president issues advice on child access and lockdown

Parents whose children are subject of access orders should "try to agree what access can happen safely", the president of the District Court has said.

Published 2 November 2020

Claire Edgar: High Court in Belfast rules on Hague Convention case

Claire Edgar of Francis Hanna & Co Solicitors examines a recent case concerning the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

Published 22 October 2020

Family lawyers to scrutinise court reform proposals

The Family Lawyers’ Association of Ireland (FLA) has established a committee of family law practitioners to scrutinise the government's proposals for family court reform.

Published 15 October 2020

Legal Aid Board bracing for Covid-19 delays and increased demand

The Legal Aid Board is bracing for an increase in demand and delays in accessing legal services due to the Covid-19 pandemic, its chairperson Philip O'Leary has said.

Published 8 October 2020

Family law reform bill 'reflects Law Society's vision'

The Law Society of Ireland has welcomed yesterday's government announcement on family law reform as "reflective of the vision the Law Society called for".

Published 1 October 2020

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