Family law



Bill to reduce minimum living apart period before divorce published

Legislation to reduce the requirement for spouses to live apart for a minimum of four years out of the preceding five before they can be granted a divorce has been published.

Published 11 October 2019

Family justice system 'at crisis point' as lawyers call for urgent investment

The family justice system in Ireland is "at a crisis point" with reform frustrated by poor facilities, ineffective use of funding and an overly-adversarial approach to cases, the Legal Aid Board’s annual conference has heard.

Published 26 September 2019

Scottish academics design board game to explain law on marriage

Scottish legal academics are developing a board game to help the public negotiate the complex legal world of marriage.

Published 10 September 2019

ECtHR: Greek authorities should not have annulled man's marriage to ex-wife's sister

A couple whose marriage was annulled by the Greek courts because the husband had previously been married to the wife's sister suffered a violation of their article 12 rights, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has ruled.

Published 6 September 2019

Number of humanist weddings rises dramatically following court ruling

The number of humanist wedding ceremonies in Northern Ireland has risen dramatically, with three times as many humanist ceremonies expected to take place this year as were held last year.

Published 27 August 2019

Alleged perjury during in camera hearings can be prosecuted

Allegations of perjury during in camera hearings can be investigated by gardaí and prosecuted by them, the High Court has confirmed in a declaration with particular significance for family law and child care proceedings.

Published 21 August 2019

Claire Edgar: New pensions guidance will help those dealing with ancillary relief cases

Claire Edgar, partner at Francis Hanna & Co Solicitors in Belfast, writes on new pensions guidance which has been published to help family law practitioners in ancillary relief cases.

Published 21 August 2019

Revised timetable for abortion and same-sex marriage law backed by Lords

Plans to extend abortion access and same-sex marriage to Northern Ireland have been approved by the House of Lords, following revisions to the process and timetable.

Published 18 July 2019

General scheme of Family Law Bill 2019 published

The general scheme of the Family Law Bill 2019, which was approved by Government earlier this week, has been published.

Published 12 July 2019

Flanagan to seek Cabinet approval for divorce and blasphemy bills

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan is expected to secure Cabinet approval today for new legislation to implement divorce and blasphemy reforms following recent referendum results.

Published 10 July 2019

Lady Hale criticises proposed legislation in significant departure from convention

Lady Hale, president of the UK Supreme Court, has made a significant departure from convention by criticising a piece of proposed legislation currently under consideration by MPs.

Published 10 July 2019

Children, young people and families 'struggling to navigate' family law system

Children, young people and their families are "struggling to navigate" a family law system that is "crying out for reform", the Children's Rights Alliance has warned.

Published 9 July 2019

Divorces obtained in UK may not be recognised in Ireland after Brexit

Divorces obtained in the UK may not be recognised in Ireland after Brexit, according to a briefing paper drawn up by the Bar Council of Ireland.

Published 8 July 2019

David Taylor: Who decides where a child in care should live?

David Taylor, solicitor in the child and family law team at Comyn Kelleher Tobin, considers a recent High Court judgment clarifying the powers of the District Court under the Child Care Act 1991.

Published 30 May 2019

Senior family lawyer warns that legal system is 'failing most vulnerable'

Ireland's family law system is "broken and failing the most vulnerable in our society", solicitor Helen Coughlan has warned.

Published 29 May 2019