Family law



Concerns about recording of remote family law hearings 'must be weighed against' continuing justice

Concerns that parents could secretly record remote childcare hearings "must be weighed against the importance of cases continuing to be heard", a leading family lawyer has said.

Published 3 June 2020

High Court: Hague Convention return of a child refused

The High Court has refused the return of a child pursuant to Hague Convention on the grounds that it would place the child in an intolerable situation.

Published 22 May 2020

Keith Walsh sets out practical tips for remote hearings

Family lawyer Keith Walsh has set out practical tips for solicitors attending remote hearings.

Published 22 May 2020

Breach of access hearings to be treated as urgent matters

Hearings on breach of access and breach of maintenance for separated parents are expected to be treated as urgent matters by the District Court.

Published 7 May 2020

England: Concerns raised over fairness of remote hearings introduced during lockdown

Concerns have been raised over the fairness of remote hearings in family cases, introduced during the lockdown, because of the difficulty for participants in reading each other's reactions.

Published 7 May 2020

Same-sex female co-parents win new legal recognition

Same-sex female couples will be recognised as the co-parents of children born through donor-assisted human reproduction under a legal framework finally brought into force.

Published 5 May 2020

Courts will consider reasonableness of actions during pandemic in future child contact order cases

Parents should feel "reassured" that the courts will consider the reasonableness of actions taken during the coronavirus pandemic when considering future child contact orders, Justice Minister Naomi Long has said.

Published 30 April 2020

Remote hearings should take place in family courts, lawyer urges

Remote hearings should be introduced for family law cases that do not require cross-examination of witnesses, a prominent family lawyer has said.

Published 8 April 2020

Coronavirus is 'no excuse' for non-compliance with family court orders

Children are allowed to move between parents' homes during the coronavirus pandemic to comply with access orders, according to new guidance for lawyers.

Published 6 April 2020

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