Family law

Lawyers to launch campaign for Yes vote in divorce referendum

Prominent lawyers calling for a Yes vote in the forthcoming divorce referendum will officially launch the Lawyers for Yes campaign at Blackhall Place this afternoon.

Published 7 May 2019

Law Society backs proposed constitutional amendments on divorce

The Law Society of Ireland has announced its support for proposed constitutional amendments to remove the minimum living apart period for spouses seeking a divorce from the Constitution.

Published 2 May 2019

Bar of Northern Ireland hosts discussion on family courts

The Bar of Northern Ireland shone a spotlight on Northern Ireland's family courts at the latest event in its Leaders in Legal Excellence discussion series.

Published 23 April 2019

Clare Curran – Why our divorce regime also needs reform

Clare Curran, partner and head of the family and matrimonial department at Belfast-based Worthingtons Solicitors, writes on the case for divorce reform in Northern Ireland.

Published 16 April 2019

Divorce referendum bill clears final legislative hurdle

Legislation providing for a referendum on divorce to be held next month has cleared both houses of the Oireachtas without opposition.

Published 12 April 2019

German woman who only came to England for the ballet fails in divorce attempt

A German woman has been told by a judge she will not be able to divorce her husband in England as she only visited London to attend the ballet and see an aristocrat friend, The Times reports.

Published 12 April 2019

England: Law to be overhauled to allow for faster 'no-fault' divorces

Couples in England and Wales will be able to go through "no-fault" divorces faster under new Government proposals.

Published 9 April 2019

Family law experts address Law Society conference on Children's Order

Family law experts addressed a packed meeting at Law Society House on the private law aspects of the Children's Order.

Published 8 April 2019

Derry-based Caldwell & Robinson Solicitors expands south in anticipation of post-Brexit demand

Derry-based Caldwell & Robinson Solicitors has expanded south of the border for the first time in anticipation of increased legal activity after Brexit.

Published 4 April 2019

Divorce referendum bill passed by the Dáil

Legislation providing for the May referendum on divorce has been approved by the Dáil and is now set to be considered by the Seanad.

Published 4 April 2019

Full wording of divorce referendum amendment revealed

Proposals to amend the Constitution to remove 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 have been published.

Published 27 March 2019

Oireachtas committee to produce report on family law reform

The Oireachtas joint committee on justice and equality will produce a report on family law reform following the last of a series of meetings on the subject.

Published 12 March 2019

Ms Justice Burns appointed to head divorce referendum commission

Ms Justice Tara Burns has been appointed as chair of the referendum commission for this May's divorce referendum.

Published 28 February 2019

Call to legalise same-sex marriage in Overseas Territories 'strengthens case for Northern Ireland'

Amnesty International has welcomed a report calling on the UK Government to legalise same-sex marriage in British Overseas Territories (OTs) as strengthening the case for legislation in Northern Ireland.

Published 22 February 2019

Law Society: 'Crisis' in family law system makes the case for specialist division of courts and judges

The Irish family law system is "in crisis", lawyers have told the Oireachtas joint committee on justice and equality.

Published 20 February 2019