Family law



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

England: Concerns raised over fairness of remote hearings introduced during lockdown

Concerns have been raised over the fairness of remote hearings in family cases, introduced during the lockdown, because of the difficulty for participants in reading each other's reactions.

Published 7 May 2020

Same-sex female co-parents win new legal recognition

Same-sex female couples will be recognised as the co-parents of children born through donor-assisted human reproduction under a legal framework finally brought into force.

Published 5 May 2020

Courts will consider reasonableness of actions during pandemic in future child contact order cases

Parents should feel "reassured" that the courts will consider the reasonableness of actions taken during the coronavirus pandemic when considering future child contact orders, Justice Minister Naomi Long has said.

Published 30 April 2020

Remote hearings should take place in family courts, lawyer urges

Remote hearings should be introduced for family law cases that do not require cross-examination of witnesses, a prominent family lawyer has said.

Published 8 April 2020

Coronavirus is 'no excuse' for non-compliance with family court orders

Children are allowed to move between parents' homes during the coronavirus pandemic to comply with access orders, according to new guidance for lawyers.

Published 6 April 2020

Cocaine use 'rampant' in family court cases

Cocaine use is "rampant" in cases coming before the family courts in Dublin, a solicitor has said.

Published 23 January 2020

Sarah Elliott: Courts may rule on payments in family break-ups

Family lawyer Sarah Elliott of Worthingtons Solicitors examines the law when unmarried families break up.

Published 22 January 2020