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Josepha Madigan: Covid has forced many couples to the point of separation. How they handle it is key
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Josepha Madigan: Covid has forced many couples to the point of separation. How they handle it is key

Apr 19th 2021, 7:30 PM 25,538 Views 16 Comments

The Fine Gael TD and lawyer says lack of social supports during Covid means many relationships are feeling the pressure.

Our family law courts are not fit for purpose and we owe it to children to address this now
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Our family law courts are not fit for purpose and we owe it to children to address this now

Jul 6th 2020, 7:00 AM 20,681 Views 25 Comments

CEO of One Family Karen Kiernan says we desperately need a new modern, fit-for-purpose family law system.

'Archaic conditions are leading to violence': Call for new Family Law Court to be urgently developed
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'Archaic conditions are leading to violence': Call for new Family Law Court to be urgently developed

Dec 10th 2019, 7:51 AM 11,350 Views 2 Comments

Eleven organisations are calling for a dedicated Family Law Court to be developed in Dublin.

Court decides child in foster care can go to Church of Ireland school against wishes of Catholic parents
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Court decides child in foster care can go to Church of Ireland school against wishes of Catholic parents

Jul 8th 2019, 6:20 AM 39,708 Views 91 Comments

The child’s parents did not consent to her attendance at the school.

Thousands of cases of women being beaten, choked, threatened with weapons and smothered in 2018
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Thousands of cases of women being beaten, choked, threatened with weapons and smothered in 2018

Apr 10th 2019, 6:00 AM 13,660 Views 32 Comments

The charity is calling for greater protections within the law system for children in particular.

Our systems are not working to prevent child sexual violence, even after it is reported
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Our systems are not working to prevent child sexual violence, even after it is reported

Apr 2nd 2019, 7:00 AM 10,168 Views 12 Comments

Of all reported cases of child sexual violence only 2% end in a conviction. Children whose disclosures don’t result in a criminal conviction still need protection, writes Dr Clíona Saidléar.

Childcare court case worries: Families 'cheek-by-jowl' with prisoners, and a huge volume of cases
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Childcare court case worries: Families 'cheek-by-jowl' with prisoners, and a huge volume of cases

Mar 11th 2019, 6:15 AM 12,174 Views 5 Comments

In one court on one day, with just one judge, there were 139 cases listed, consisting of crime, general civil law, and child care.

'It's a complete disaster': Getting a divorce in Ireland could get a lot harder post-Brexit
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'It's a complete disaster': Getting a divorce in Ireland could get a lot harder post-Brexit

Sep 23rd 2017, 9:30 PM 47,468 Views 37 Comments

Getting a divorce from a spouse in the UK is governed by EU law, which may not apply after Brexit.

'People were forced to live in the same house for years': Two decades of divorce in Ireland
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'People were forced to live in the same house for years': Two decades of divorce in Ireland

Jan 4th 2017, 6:30 AM 25,262 Views 118 Comments

Divorce was legalised 20 years ago after a bitter campaign and a very tight results in a referendum – now there are calls for the law to be modernised.

If you're fighting over a €250k house, you could lose it all in legal fees
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If you're fighting over a €250k house, you could lose it all in legal fees

May 2nd 2016, 10:00 PM 26,125 Views 10 Comments

Arguing over a will? Here’s some advice from a barrister.

I get annoyed when it is assumed that older people in rural Ireland will vote No
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I get annoyed when it is assumed that older people in rural Ireland will vote No

May 21st 2015, 8:00 AM 338 Views 204 Comments

Former president of the Irish Countrywomen’s Association, Mamo McDonald, explains why she will be voting Yes tomorrow.

The rights of unmarried fathers are being changed – but is it enough?
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The rights of unmarried fathers are being changed – but is it enough?

Mar 20th 2015, 8:00 AM 5,296 Views 43 Comments

Unmarried fathers in Ireland need greater clarity when it comes to their rights

Same-sex couples will have the legal right to adopt
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Same-sex couples will have the legal right to adopt

Feb 17th 2015, 11:35 AM 43,658 Views 405 Comments

Confused about what new legislation will mean for families? Read on.

Parents 'at a loss to understand' why their children were taken into care
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Parents 'at a loss to understand' why their children were taken into care

Dec 21st 2014, 8:15 AM 22,320 Views 0 Comments

A judge failed to tell them the reasons for his “momentous decision.”

The Family Law Court is getting its own building in Dublin
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The Family Law Court is getting its own building in Dublin

Dec 12th 2014, 2:20 PM 5,593 Views 5 Comments

The news has been welcomed by Chief Justice, Susan Denham.

Opinion: Legislation is urgently needed following Supreme Court ruling on surrogacy
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Opinion: Legislation is urgently needed following Supreme Court ruling on surrogacy

Nov 7th 2014, 6:10 PM 459 Views 68 Comments

It is a fact of life that parents will enter into arrangements of whereby a third party bears their child – so we need legislation that deals directly with surrogacy.

Opinion: Our most important family law reform for a generation isn't child friendly
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Opinion: Our most important family law reform for a generation isn't child friendly

Aug 6th 2014, 8:00 AM 617 Views 22 Comments

Compared with best practice elsewhere, our courts currently have major shortcomings from the perspective of children.

Over 80% more people sought legal advice for housing issues last year
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Over 80% more people sought legal advice for housing issues last year

Jul 7th 2014, 8:40 PM 5,658 Views 2 Comments

The total number of queries to FLAC centres was up more than 10% compared to 2012.

Column: Radical change on the way for (some) unmarried fathers
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Column: Radical change on the way for (some) unmarried fathers

Mar 16th 2014, 7:30 PM 130 Views 90 Comments

A groundbreaking new Bill could modernise family and child law to cater for the growing number of families whose needs are not adequately addressed in current law, writes Margot Doherty.

Confused about separation or divorce? New videos aim to offer simple advice
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Confused about separation or divorce? New videos aim to offer simple advice

Feb 4th 2014, 8:14 AM 5,809 Views 12 Comments

The videos, by the Ombudsman for Children and the Courts Service, offer advice on the workings of a family law court and the process of a separation.

Column: Tragic case of newborn boy highlights unmarried fathers' lack of rights
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Column: Tragic case of newborn boy highlights unmarried fathers' lack of rights

Jan 16th 2014, 4:32 PM 1,772 Views 253 Comments

A Dublin hospital has secured a court order to withdraw life-support from a severely brain-damaged baby whose his young mother died after delivery. As the child’s parents were unmarried, the father was not deemed the legal guardian.

Column: Behind the veil – a new era has begun for family courts
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Column: Behind the veil – a new era has begun for family courts

Jan 15th 2014, 1:00 PM 308 Views 53 Comments

The easing of the in camera rule in Irish family courts will see many social issues come to light – many of which may have been hidden behind from the public for generations, writes Katherine Irwin.

Column: Our new in-camera Family Court legislation is a sham
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Column: Our new in-camera Family Court legislation is a sham

Jan 14th 2014, 1:00 PM 2,457 Views 120 Comments

The unlimited powers given by to judges in our Family Courts may continue to prevent the public from finding out what has transpired, writes Gerry Fahey.

Family law and child care court cases can now be reported, but under strict conditions
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Family law and child care court cases can now be reported, but under strict conditions

Jan 13th 2014, 12:23 PM 8,695 Views 28 Comments

The changes to the in camera rule mean that under certain circumstances cases can be reported.

'Entirely improper' for mother to contact TD, says judge
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'Entirely improper' for mother to contact TD, says judge

Nov 7th 2013, 10:57 AM 15,264 Views 0 Comments

The mother apologised for approaching the unidentified TD.

Conversation between two judges on family law case had 'no effect' on ruling
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Conversation between two judges on family law case had 'no effect' on ruling

Nov 4th 2013, 7:12 PM 9,055 Views 16 Comments

In a ruling in July, Judge Henry Abbott said a fellow judge had approached him about a case that was before him.

Fathers' rights group protests outside Taoiseach's home
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Fathers' rights group protests outside Taoiseach's home

Jun 17th 2013, 8:21 PM 11,499 Views 141 Comments

The protesters said they were calling for transparency in family law courts in Ireland.

Children's Minister 'constantly amazed' at lack of basic services
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Children's Minister 'constantly amazed' at lack of basic services

May 7th 2013, 6:45 AM 6,814 Views 17 Comments

In a recent broad-ranging interview, Frances Fitzgerald talks about schools being ‘too ashamed’ to stand up to bullying, ‘unacceptable’ waiting lists and ‘bad news’ in service inspections.

Column: Decisions in the family courts will be open to scrutiny now the veil has been lifted
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Column: Decisions in the family courts will be open to scrutiny now the veil has been lifted

Apr 9th 2013, 7:00 AM 620 Views 29 Comments

Until now, family court proceedings have been heard ‘in camera’ but new legislation will bring more transparency – and more confidence – to the system, writes solicitor Emma Heron.

The Evening Fix... now with added Mr Burns endorsing Romney
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The Evening Fix... now with added Mr Burns endorsing Romney

Nov 2nd 2012, 8:05 PM 11,581 Views 3 Comments

Here’s all the things we learned, loved and shared today.

Reporting to be allowed on family law and child care court cases
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Reporting to be allowed on family law and child care court cases

Nov 2nd 2012, 4:54 PM 7,223 Views 40 Comments

New legislation will amend the in camera rule in courts, but will not allow the identification of the people involved.

In full: The two versions of the letter Alan Shatter sent to the Taoiseach
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In full: The two versions of the letter Alan Shatter sent to the Taoiseach

Oct 28th 2012, 10:48 PM 22,511 Views 65 Comments

Amid a growing row over a story on the front page of today’s Sunday Independent we publish both versions of a letter the Justice Minister sent Enda Kenny – one from the newspaper and one from the Minister.

Second Shatter statement rejects 'inaccurate' Sunday Independent story
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Second Shatter statement rejects 'inaccurate' Sunday Independent story

Oct 28th 2012, 9:55 PM 14,207 Views 142 Comments

The Justice Minister responds to an earlier Sunday Independent statement regarding a frontpage story about correspondence between himself and the Taoiseach and says the paper needs to apologise.

Shatter says newspaper article is “dishonest and inaccurate”
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Shatter says newspaper article is “dishonest and inaccurate”

Oct 28th 2012, 1:39 PM 11,676 Views 95 Comments

The justice minister says the Sunday Independent “corrupted the content” of correspondence with Enda Kenny.

Free legal advice service sees demand increase
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Free legal advice service sees demand increase

Jun 19th 2012, 2:10 PM 2,159 Views 16 Comments

FLAC advice service dealt with over 25,000 queries last year.

High Court rules boy, 6, with brain injury should not be resuscitated
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High Court rules boy, 6, with brain injury should not be resuscitated

Jan 11th 2012, 2:00 PM 3,933 Views 29 Comments

Resuscitating the boy, who sustained a serious brain injury after nearly drowning four years ago, is ‘not in his best interests’.

Judge who beat daughter won't be charged
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Judge who beat daughter won't be charged

Nov 4th 2011, 2:33 PM 1,599 Views 27 Comments

The Texas family law judge was secretly taped by his daughter beating her seven years ago – but he won’t be charged with an offence.

Column: Messy divorce in the courts? There is a better way
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Column: Messy divorce in the courts? There is a better way

Sep 8th 2011, 7:01 PM 267 Views 4 Comments

A group of lawyers are pioneering a new kind of divorce, where the partners move past their anger and work together. Muriel Walls explains how it works.

Drugs are up, divorce is down - the Irish courts in numbers
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Drugs are up, divorce is down - the Irish courts in numbers

Jul 14th 2011, 11:41 AM 537 Views 12 Comments

The Courts Service report for 2010 reveals that there has been an increase in drugs offences at the Circuit Criminal Court, an increase in child custody and access applications, and a decrease in separation and divorce.

"Paging Dr Freud": family law judge's tirade turns viral
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"Paging Dr Freud": family law judge's tirade turns viral

Jan 7th 2011, 8:22 PM 1,604 Views 0 Comments

Judge Joseph Quinn clearly had one nasty divorce case too many – his 31-page rant is memorable for unusual reasons.