Matrimonial law



Lewis under pressure to allow same-sex religious marriages and civil partnership conversions

Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis has come under pressure to allow same-sex couples in Northern Ireland to have religious marriages and convert their existing civil partnerships to a marriage.

Published 27 May 2020

Some divorce cases to begin being heard in remote hearings

A number of undefended divorces are set to be heard via remote hearings under a new pilot in Belfast.

Published 13 May 2020

Divorces granted remotely in 'quantum leap to 21st century'

The granting of divorces in remote court hearings for the first time in Irish legal history has been welcomed as a "quantum leap from the 19th to the 21st century for courts, lawyers, judges and court users".

Published 12 May 2020

Nearly 4,000 applications for divorce in 2018

Nearly 4,000 couples applied for a divorce in 2018, according to new figures from the Courts Service of Ireland.

Published 20 April 2020

Same-sex couple who married in England were discriminated against in Northern Ireland

A same-sex couple who married in England but were treated as civil partners on their return to Northern Ireland were discriminated against, the Court of Appeal in Belfast has ruled.

Published 16 April 2020

England: Islamic religious marriage ruled invalid under marriage law

A landmark ruling that a couple’s Islamic marriage falls within the scope of English marriage law but is void has been overturned by the Court of Appeal.

Published 17 February 2020

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

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

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