Family law



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

Controversial adoption information legislation to be dropped

Controversial legislative plans to give adopted people access to their birth records have been dropped due to a failure to reach agreement with stakeholders.

Published 12 December 2019

Coalition calls for immediate funding for dedicated family law courts complex

A new coalition of legal bodies, charities and NGOs has launched a campaign calling on the Government to immediately allocate the funding necessary to develop a dedicated family law courts complex at the Hammond Lane site.

Published 10 December 2019

Divorce law to be brought into effect from Sunday

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 will be commenced on Sunday.

Published 29 November 2019

Legal Aid Board chief backs calls for family law reform

The chairperson of the Legal Aid Board has backed calls for fundamental and ambitious reform to the family law system.

Published 31 October 2019

Too many lay litigants in family law proceedings, FLAC warns

Far too many people are representing themselves in family law proceedings, legal rights group FLAC has warned.

Published 25 October 2019

Government under pressure to deliver 'major overhaul' of family justice system

The Government has come under increasing pressure to progress legislation and funding to deliver a major overhaul of the family law system.

Published 24 October 2019

Oireachtas approves bill to reduce minimum living apart period before divorce

Legislation to reduce the minimum period that couples seeking a divorce are required to live apart has passed all stages in the Oireachtas.

Published 24 October 2019

Human rights commission argues marriages of convenience are not voided

A marriage is not void in law just because the Minister of Justice has found it to be a marriage of convenience, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has told the Supreme Court.

Published 23 October 2019

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