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First Communion and Confirmation for divorced parents: a how-to guide

Family occasions can be fraught with difficulties during or after a relationship breakdown. But when your children are involved – and particularly when they are centre stage – the potential for serious tensions shoots right up.  Our advice is to take it step-by-step…follow these tips to help you through:   1.            Put your child and their wishes first. The most important thing is that your child has an enjoyable day, …Read More

Facebook Do’s and Don’ts during Divorce :

Your Facebook etiquette is probably the last thing on your mind if your relationship and your family is facing a break-up….but it could have a serious impact on the outcome if you aren’t careful.  You may think of your Facebook or Twitter primarily as a way of talking to and keeping in touch with friends.  Don’t forget that what we post may be totally public, and that it can affect …Read More

5 ways to survive your divorce

There is no easy way through Separation or Divorce but with a little thought and planning, you can make things a little easier. Here are 5 ways to help you through: Stay out of court! If at all possible, try to keep your separation or divorce proceedings out of the courtroom by exploring all the alternatives such as mediation or collaborative family law. It costs more to go to court, …Read More

Legal position of Same Sex Couples & their children in Ireland today:

Although there is no legal right to marry, couples can register a Civil Partnership under the Civil Partnership and Certain Rights of Co-Habitants Act 2010, which came into force in January 2011….a rather large title for a fairly straight forward Act. A Civil Partnership is legally very similar to marriage, and the 2010 Act reflects this in terms of the financial, property and pension rights which it gives. However, the …Read More

3 ways to make Christmas easier for separated families:

Christmas is a hectic time of year for any parents, but it can carry extra stresses and strains for parents who are separated or divorced.  Despite the challenges involved, there are steps you can take to make things a little easier: 1.            Keep Children Top of the Agenda:  it’s their time. Where possible they should have contact with both parents and share the experience of Christmas period with both Mum …Read More

Divorce Considerations for the Parents of a Special Needs Child

Divorce or separation can be a harrowing prospect for any parent, but when you are the parents of a special needs child it can pose an even greater challenge: It can be harder to explain to your child what is happening and to offer reassurances about the future. You may need professional input and support Financially, there is less money to go around after separation or divorce.  This can make it …Read More

Dividing assets on divorce: does Equitable Mean Equal?

In deciding separation/relationship breakdown issues, there is an obligation upon every court to ensure that there is an “equitable division” of all assets between the parties. Unfortunately people can interpret this as meaning “equal division,” and this is not always the case….. Equitable does not mean equal. It is reasonable to assume that if you are a couple who are both independent and capable of earning in your own right, …Read More

Children have a right to be heard in Court

I recently spoke with a 14 year old girl who was the subject of family law proceedings before the District Court. The application concerned parentage and access. Mary – not her real name – was adamant that she wanted her views to be heard by the Judge, and when I spoke privately with her, she was incredibly reasoned in both her understanding of the situation, and in her views. She …Read More

5 Key Points about Surrogacy in Ireland

There is no legislation in Ireland at the moment governing Surrogacy. This means that surrogacy contracts are not actually illegal but there is no structure to recognise or enforce them. There is therefore no established structure to recognise a childs legal status under Irish law. If you are considering surrogacy outside Ireland, then it is vital that you research the laws in the country you are choosing, as the legal …Read More

5 Reasons Unmarried Fathers Should Seek Guardianship

You Don’t automatically have it Being named on your child’s birth certificate does not give you guardianship, as some mistakenly believe. To be appointed a legal guardian you either need your partners consent, or a court order. It Gives You a Say A legal guardian is entitled to have a say and be consulted when important decisions are       being made about your child. These could include decisions on medical treatment, …Read More