Matrimonial law



Legislation to recognise UK divorces after Brexit approved by cabinet

Government ministers have approved plans to legislate for the recognition of UK divorces after expiry of the Brexit transition period.

Published 21 September 2020

Same-sex religious weddings now allowed

Same-sex couples in Northern Ireland can have religious wedding ceremonies from today as new regulations come into force.

Published 1 September 2020

Court of Appeal: Order dismissing application for family reunification in 'actually polygamous' marriage affirmed

The Court of Appeal has affirmed the judgment of the High Court refusing family reunification where the applicant's marriage was, at the time of contracting, actually polygamous.

Published 12 August 2020

Supreme Court: Finding of 'marriage of convenience' does not nullify marriage

The Supreme Court has held that a ministerial finding that a marriage amounted to a marriage of convenience does not make it a legal nullity.

Published 29 July 2020

Marriages of convenience not void in law after ministerial determination

A marriage is not void in law just because the Minister of Justice has found it to be a marriage of convenience, the Supreme Court has ruled in a landmark judgment.

Published 28 July 2020

Same-sex religious weddings allowed from September 2020

Same-sex couples in Northern Ireland will be allowed to have religious wedding ceremonies under new regulations laid in Westminster yesterday.

Published 17 July 2020

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