Ireland has been left with "third world infrastructure" in the family courts and urgent investment is needed to prevent children and vulnerable people from paying the price, the Law Society of Ireland has said.
Published 7 April 2021
An increasing number of cases involving allegations of parental alienation are coming before the Northern Ireland courts, a family lawyer has warned.
Published 30 March 2021
Plans to modernise the civil and family justice system over the next year have been set out by Justice Minister Naomi Long.
Published 23 March 2021
Family lawyers are experiencing a substantial increase in enquiries involving allegations of domestic violence and coercive control, comparable to the increase during the first Covid-19 lockdown, Irish Legal News has learned.
Published 24 February 2021
Ministers have launched a public consultation on the current treatment of child maintenance payments and the obligations of liable relatives within the social protection system.
Published 12 February 2021
Family lawyers have welcomed the commencement of remote family court hearings this week.
Published 2 February 2021
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 have paid tribute to Fermanagh social worker Nuala McLaughlin, who died from Covid-19 late last year.
Published 22 January 2021
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 are not delivering effective access to justice in Northern Ireland's family courts, research by an Ulster University academic suggests.
Published 18 December 2020
Family lawyer Claire Edgar, partner at Francis Hanna & Co Solicitors, examines the issue of equality in divorce settlements.
Published 16 December 2020
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
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 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
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