Family law



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

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