Family law



Court of Appeal: Spousal maintenance order doubled after High Court failed to make 'proper provision' for wife

The Court of Appeal has allowed an appeal against a spousal maintenance order made in the High Court, which provided only €800 per month to the former wife of a farmer and expired after four years.

Published 24 June 2021

High Court: Child returned to parents in England after aunt and uncle decided to keep him in Ireland

A young child has been returned to his parents in England despite the objections of his aunt and uncle. The child had previously been transferred to their care in Ireland for a temporary period to allow his mother to overcome alcohol addiction. However, the aunt and uncle decided that it was in the child’s best interests to remain with them in Ireland.

Published 4 June 2021

Comyn Kelleher Tobin sponsor UCC children's rights and family law scholarship

Comyn Kelleher Tobin (CKT) has sponsored a new scholarship supporting one postgraduate student on the LLM Children's Rights and Family Law at UCC School of Law.

Published 28 May 2021

Members of the public invited to complete family justice consultation

Members of the public have been invited to share their experiences with the family justice system in a new public consultation.

Published 17 May 2021

Family lawyers welcome movement on court backlog

Family lawyers have welcomed moves towards clearing the backlog of judicial separation and divorce cases in Dublin.

Published 5 May 2021

Court ruling emphasises importance of domestic abuse training in judiciary

Family lawyer Claire Edgar has welcomed an English court ruling emphasising the importance of domestic abuse training for the judiciary.

Published 28 April 2021

Law Society slams 'third world infrastructure' for family justice

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

Parental alienation cases on the rise

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' civil and family justice system set out

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 seeing increase in enquiries involving alleged domestic violence

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

Child maintenance review moves to public consultation

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 welcome commencement of 'game-changing' remote hearings

Family lawyers have welcomed the commencement of remote family court hearings this week.

Published 2 February 2021

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