Family Law

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The Legal Aid Board's family mediation service has launched a new call-back service aimed at making free mediation more accessible to families. Free mediation is available to families who have undergone a divorce, separation or living apart, as well as those navigating challenges in the aftermath of

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A judgment of the European Court of Human Rights this month found that the Slovak justice system had taken too long to enforce an order for contact between a mother and her son and had breached their rights in terms of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The mother who brought the

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The High Court has granted a decree of divorce to a couple who will continue to live together in the family home under the terms of their settlement agreement. Delivering judgment for the High Court, Mr Justice John Jordan determined that “if a couple can be considered as living apart from one

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The Dublin Solicitors' Bar Association (DSBA) is hosting a webinar on the Family Courts Bill 2022 this afternoon. Cliona Costelloe, chairperson of the DSBA's family law committee, will chair the discussion with Peter Doyle, chair of the Law Society's child and family law committee, and former chairs

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Planned reforms to the enforcement of child maintenance orders have been welcomed as a potential "game-changer" for parents. The Department of Justice today published a 26-page report setting out 26 recommendations for improvements to the current system of enforcement of child maintenance orders, wh

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Researchers are seeking to survey parents who have experience of the Irish family law system in situations of domestic violence and abuse. The research study, being undertaken by Trinity College Dublin in collaboration with Women's Aid, is said to be the first study which specifically seeks both adu

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Keith Walsh SC criticises government plans to expand the jurisdiction of the District Court. The Family Courts Bill 2022 provides for the establishment of a Family High Court, Family Circuit Court and Family District Court as divisions within the existing court structures. The aim is the development

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Northern Ireland’s High Court has refused to appoint a McKenzie friend in family law proceedings on the basis that she attempted to inappropriately influence the court and lacked a basic understanding of practice and procedure. Delivering judgment for the High Court, Mr Justice David McFarland

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Providing more support for litigants in person would help to ease pressure on Northern Ireland's family courts, according to new research from Ulster University. Two reports produced by Ulster University School of Law with funding from the Nuffield Foundation set out recommendations which researcher

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A senior English judge in the family courts has been treated in hospital after he was assaulted by a man whose case he was hearing. The litigant in person, who cannot be named, has pleaded guilty to assault, criminal damage and causing intentional harassment, alarm or distress and is due to be sente

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Plans for Dublin's long-awaited new family courts complex are available for public viewing for the next six weeks following the formal notice of proposed development. The notice published by the Office of Public Works (OPW) yesterday marks a small step forward for the project, and means the plans fo

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A technical error in legislation requiring single mothers to name the father of their child when registering their birth is to be fixed nearly a decade after it was signed into law. Section 6 of the Civil Registration (Amendment) Act 2014, which concerns the registration of a child's father where th

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Family justice expert Anthony Douglas CBE has been appointed to help progress preparations for the planned guardian ad litem (GAL) national service. Mr Douglas is the former chief executive of Cafcass, the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service, which represents children in family co

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