Family law



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

Remote hearings 'not delivering access to justice' in family courts

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

Claire Edgar: More must be done to ensure equality in divorce settlements

Family lawyer Claire Edgar, partner at Francis Hanna & Co Solicitors, examines the issue of equality in divorce settlements.

Published 16 December 2020

High Court: Family law abuse of privilege may have costs orders implications

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

District Court president issues advice on child access and lockdown

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: High Court in Belfast rules on Hague Convention case

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

Family lawyers to scrutinise court reform proposals

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