Family Law

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Comyn Kelleher Tobin (CKT) has sponsored a new scholarship supporting one postgraduate student on the LLM Children's Rights and Family Law at UCC School of Law. To apply for the Comyn Kelleher Tobin Scholarship, students must secure a minimum grade of 2.1 in an approved primary degree or equivalent,

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Members of the public have been invited to share their experiences with the family justice system in a new public consultation. The consultation, running until 11 June 2021, will inform the oversight group which has been tasked with driving the modernisation of family justice in Ireland, including t

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Family lawyers have welcomed moves towards clearing the backlog of judicial separation and divorce cases in Dublin. Dublin County Registrar Rita Considine will fix hearing dates for cases today, tomorrow and Friday.

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Family lawyer Claire Edgar has welcomed an English court ruling emphasising the importance of domestic abuse training for the judiciary. The Court of Appeal in London last month handed down judgment in four appeals dealing with how allegations of domestic abuse and coercive and controlling behaviour

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Ireland has been left with "third world infrastructure" in the family courts and urgent investment is needed to prevent children and vulnerable people from paying the price, the Law Society of Ireland has said. Helen Coughlan, chair of the Law Society's family and child law committee, said the gener

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An increasing number of cases involving allegations of parental alienation are coming before the Northern Ireland courts, a family lawyer has warned. Claire Edgar, family law partner at Francis Hanna & Co Solicitors, shared her experience as a practitioner at an online event organised by the Sou

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Plans to modernise the civil and family justice system over the next year have been set out by Justice Minister Naomi Long. Speaking in Stormont this morning, Mrs Long said she would take forward changes before the next election to make the civil and family justice system "more accessible for citize

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Family lawyers are experiencing a substantial increase in enquiries involving allegations of domestic violence and coercive control, comparable to the increase during the first Covid-19 lockdown, Irish Legal News has learned. Domestic violence charity Safe Ireland, which represents 39 front-line org

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Ministers have launched a public consultation on the current treatment of child maintenance payments and the obligations of liable relatives within the social protection system. The six-week consultation launched by Social Protection Minister Heather Humphreys yesterday will also seek view on whethe

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A man held up a judge, a barrister and his estranged wife with a fake pistol and a hoax pipe bomb during a “terrifying” siege in a Dublin court, his sentence hearing has been told. During a hearing in December 2018, Edmund Dunican, 47, told the court he had a “problem” with a

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Family lawyers have paid tribute to Fermanagh social worker Nuala McLaughlin, who died from Covid-19 late last year. Originally from Tyrone, Ms McLaughlin was the principal social worker at the Western Health and Social Care Trust (WHSCT). She was just 43 years old when she passed away at the end of

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