Family law



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

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