Family law



Oireachtas committee to produce report on family law reform

The Oireachtas joint committee on justice and equality will produce a report on family law reform following the last of a series of meetings on the subject.

Published 12 March 2019

Ms Justice Burns appointed to head divorce referendum commission

Ms Justice Tara Burns has been appointed as chair of the referendum commission for this May's divorce referendum.

Published 28 February 2019

Call to legalise same-sex marriage in Overseas Territories 'strengthens case for Northern Ireland'

Amnesty International has welcomed a report calling on the UK Government to legalise same-sex marriage in British Overseas Territories (OTs) as strengthening the case for legislation in Northern Ireland.

Published 22 February 2019

Law Society: 'Crisis' in family law system makes the case for specialist division of courts and judges

The Irish family law system is "in crisis", lawyers have told the Oireachtas joint committee on justice and equality.

Published 20 February 2019

England: Judge calls for review of fertility laws after transgender man gives birth

Ministers must look at fertility laws, the President of the Family Divison Sir Andrew McFarlane has said, after hearing a case in which a transgender man gave birth.

Published 15 February 2019

Lords to consider extension of same-sex marriage to Northern Ireland

The House of Lords is set to debate proposals to legalise same-sex marriage to Northern Ireland later today.

Published 1 February 2019

Flanagan rejects 'unconstitutional' extension of spousal privilege to unmarried couples

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has dismissed calls for the right not to testify against one's spouse to be extended to unmarried couples, including civil partners and cohabitating couples.

Published 31 January 2019

Divorce referendum scheduled for May 2019

Plans to hold a referendum this May to amend the constitutional provisions on divorce have been approved by the Government.

Published 30 January 2019

Keith Walsh: Positive and sensible reform proposals promise an end to the divorce trap

Dublin solicitor Keith Walsh, chair of the Law Society of Ireland's child and family law committee, writes for Irish Legal News on the government's announcement of a divorce referendum in May 2019.

Published 30 January 2019

CCLRP: Parental homelessness is keeping children in care

The latest tranche of case reports from the Child Care Law Reporting Project (CCLRP) reveal that homelessness is leading to children being kept in care.

Published 21 January 2019

Scottish judge rejects Irish father’s bid to repatriate cancer-stricken daughter ‘habitually resident’ with mother in Scotland

An Irish father-of-one who claimed that his estranged Scottish wife had unlawfully retained their daughter in Scotland after the child underwent emergency cancer treatment there has had an application for a court order for the toddler’s return to Ireland dismissed.

Published 14 January 2019

Leading family lawyer welcomes new security measures at Phoenix House

Leading family lawyer Keith Walsh has welcomed an increase in security at Phoenix House following an incident late last year.

Published 9 January 2019