Family law



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

Alleged perjury during in camera hearings can be prosecuted

Allegations of perjury during in camera hearings can be investigated by gardaí and prosecuted by them, the High Court has confirmed in a declaration with particular significance for family law and child care proceedings.

Published 21 August 2019

Claire Edgar: New pensions guidance will help those dealing with ancillary relief cases

Claire Edgar, partner at Francis Hanna & Co Solicitors in Belfast, writes on new pensions guidance which has been published to help family law practitioners in ancillary relief cases.

Published 21 August 2019

Revised timetable for abortion and same-sex marriage law backed by Lords

Plans to extend abortion access and same-sex marriage to Northern Ireland have been approved by the House of Lords, following revisions to the process and timetable.

Published 18 July 2019

General scheme of Family Law Bill 2019 published

The general scheme of the Family Law Bill 2019, which was approved by Government earlier this week, has been published.

Published 12 July 2019

Flanagan to seek Cabinet approval for divorce and blasphemy bills

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan is expected to secure Cabinet approval today for new legislation to implement divorce and blasphemy reforms following recent referendum results.

Published 10 July 2019

Lady Hale criticises proposed legislation in significant departure from convention

Lady Hale, president of the UK Supreme Court, has made a significant departure from convention by criticising a piece of proposed legislation currently under consideration by MPs.

Published 10 July 2019

Children, young people and families 'struggling to navigate' family law system

Children, young people and their families are "struggling to navigate" a family law system that is "crying out for reform", the Children's Rights Alliance has warned.

Published 9 July 2019

Divorces obtained in UK may not be recognised in Ireland after Brexit

Divorces obtained in the UK may not be recognised in Ireland after Brexit, according to a briefing paper drawn up by the Bar Council of Ireland.

Published 8 July 2019

David Taylor: Who decides where a child in care should live?

David Taylor, solicitor in the child and family law team at Comyn Kelleher Tobin, considers a recent High Court judgment clarifying the powers of the District Court under the Child Care Act 1991.

Published 30 May 2019

Senior family lawyer warns that legal system is 'failing most vulnerable'

Ireland's family law system is "broken and failing the most vulnerable in our society", solicitor Helen Coughlan has warned.

Published 29 May 2019

Legislation to reform divorce law to be brought forward following referendum result

Legislation to reduce the period of time couples must live apart before divorcing will be brought forward following a resounding vote for reform in the divorce referendum.

Published 27 May 2019

Ferga McGloughlin and Angela Collins discuss referendum outcome in inaugural IWLA podcast

Barristers Ferga McGloughlin and Angela Collins discuss the impact of the divorce referendum on Irish family law in the first episode of the Irish Women Lawyers Association (IWLA) podcast.

Published 27 May 2019

Law reform body may not issue report on pre-nuptial agreements until 2021

The Law Reform Commission may not issue a report on whether pre-nuptial agreements should be given legal recognition in Ireland until 2021, according to reports.

Published 13 May 2019