Northern Ireland's High Court has upheld the refusal of a parental order for a "vindictive" father who called police on the mother of his 11-year-old son under false pretences. The court found that a County Court judge was right to refuse the application for a parental responsibility order and a dir
Divorcing couples in England will be provided with £500 mediation vouchers to help them resolve disputes away from court. The scheme was originally launched on a trial basis last March and has already seen 8,400 vouchers issued to divorcing couples. An additional £5.4 million in funding
Parental alienation is being "increasingly cited in the Irish courts" despite the lack of a clear agreed definition, justice minister Helen McEntee said as she launched a new consultation on the issue. The Department of Justice last year commissioned research into parental alienation which is still
Family lawyer Aidan Reynolds has been appointed as a partner at Keith Walsh Solicitors in Dublin. Mr Reynolds was the longest-serving partner at family law firm Gallagher Shatter, which dissolved on Saturday. He joined the firm in September 1988 and became a partner in October 1991.
The long-awaited Family Court Bill is one of 34 pieces of draft legislation which will be published this summer as a matter of priority, the government has said. The bill, which will establish a District Family Court, a Circuit Family Court and a Family High Court as divisions within the current cou
Northern Ireland’s High Court has found that a health and social care trust's decision to deny visitation between a breastfeeding mother and her child was correct given the risk of Covid-19 infection. The court noted that the trust had responded proportionately, and had taken steps to ensure t
NI High Court: Brexit caused year-long delay in family courts providing a contact order to an Irish father
Northern Ireland’s High Court has criticised lower courts for delaying their ruling for an Irish father seeking a contact order for his 10-year-old son in Northern Ireland. The High Court noted that these courts had clear jurisdiction but were reluctant to rule on this "simple case" for over a
Claire Edgar, family law partner at Belfast-based Francis Hanna & Co Solicitors, comments on major changes to divorce in England and Wales. This week saw the introduction of no-fault divorce in England and Wales.
The High Court has quashed a decision of the Circuit Court to dismiss an appeal brought by a lay litigant after the trial judge failed to let the man make submissions. The applicant had appealed a decision of the District Court which increased maintenance payments for his child from €60 to &eur
Northern Ireland's High Court has rejected a father's bid to prevent his estranged wife from vaccinating their five children, having determined that the administration of vaccines for common illnesses, including Covid-19, is in the best interests of the child. The court found that the father's objec
Lawyers expect to see a surge in divorce applications tomorrow as no-fault divorce rules come into effect in England and Wales. Couples will no longer have to allocate blame to end their marriage, nor separate for at least two years.
The government has broken a commitment made just days ago for the long-awaited Family Court Bill to be published by the end of March 2022. Justice Plan 2022, launched by justice minister Helen McEntee on Monday, gave "Q1 2022" as the date for the publication of the bill, which will establish a Distr
Family law "remains the poor relation" in the Department of Justice's latest annual plan, a prominent Dublin solicitor has said, with little indication of what resources have been committed to reform. Justice Plan 2022, which was launched by justice minister Helen McEntee yesterday, sets out 159 act
Court of Appeal: Father fails in Hague Convention application for return of children to England after family moved to Ireland during pandemic
The Court of Appeal has rejected an appeal brought by a father seeking the return of his three children to England after they had moved to the Ireland during the pandemic. The court determined that the children had obtained habitual residence in the state following their move in June 2020. Deliverin
NI High Court: Child sent south of the border to avoid being placed into foster case still within Northern Ireland’s jurisdiction
Northern Ireland's High Court has found that it still had jurisdiction to hear an application for a care order in respect of an eight-month-old child who was sent to live with his maternal grandfather south of the border. The child was sent away by his mother after she became aware that a social car