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Delay in Hearing of Family Law Cases

Contested family law cases are taking up to two years to hear in some court districts, information from court services has shown. Waiting lists have revealed that eight court districts have waiting times of at least one year, while in Wexford and Clonmel divorce and judicial separation cases are taking up to two years to […]

Supreme Court Strikes Down Family Law Orders as Excessive

Supreme Court Judgment was delivered on October 19th, 2011, by the Chief Justice, Mrs Justice Susan Denham, Mr Justice John Murray, Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman, Mr Justice Nial Fennelly and Mr Justice Joseph Finnegan concurring. Judgment A High Court judgment containing various orders in a family law case, in particular an order of €1 million […]

Family Law Relocation Case Success

In recent weeks the Family Law Department at Healy O’Connor acted for a client in a highly contentious family law relocation case. The mother of the child represented by HOC sought to move to the UK to be close to her extended family. The father of the child wished for mother and child to remain […]

Separation Agreements- A Brief Introduction

A couple whose marriage has broken down should always be advised of the advantages of agreeing to a separation agreement to work out an acceptable agreement concerning the children, maintenance and property. Of course these types of agreements are not for everyone and both parties must be willing to compromise on some matters. However if […]

Paternity and the Family Law Courts

The issue of Paternity is one that arises on a regular basis before the Courts. Where parents are married to each other there is a presumption in law that the husband is the father of the child unless there is proof to the contrary. If parents are not married to each other there is no […]

Guardianship for Fathers in Ireland

Guardianship concerns a number of rights and responsibilities that automatically vest in the parents of a child born within marriage and in the mother of a child born outside marriage. These rights and responsibilities are in relation to the upbringing of that child. A guardian of a child has the right and the responsibility to […]

The Relaxing of the In Camera Rule in Family Law Proceedings

            Since last Monday, 13 January 2014, journalists and the media are now entitled to attend at Family Law proceedings in Ireland. The new law was passed by the Government last July and last Sunday night, 12 January 2014, the Department of Justice announced that the law would begin (with […]

Divorce without Judges?

            Recent news from France is that the country is considering a plan to allow divorces to take place without a Judge. This will simplify a process, allowing for people who mutually wish to divorce to basically complete the process themselves. According to the Social Affairs Minister in France, the […]

Family Law: Children as Weapons of Choice

    A Judge in the UK has made some very interesting comments in a family law case concerning care proceedings in relation to four children. The mother of the children petitioned for Divorce in January 2014 asserting that her husband was displaying “arrogance and endeavouring to show superiority and seeking power and control over […]

Family Law: Watch out for New Romances

  In a recent High Court case in the UK a Judge said that the start of a new relationship during a divorce can be a significant “fly in the ointment” to family law Courts and Judges deciding  on how much money ex-wives should be awarded. The Court went on to say that women may […]