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Why schools need policy on dealing with parental separation

The recent Equality Tribunal award of €4,000 against an Irish school for ‘discriminatory’ treatment of a separated father should act as a wake-up call for all schools, when it comes to dealing with parental separation and divorce.   In the case successfully taken to the Equality Tribunal (read more) the separated father who took the case claimed that the school had sided with his estranged wife in withholding information from …Read More

Social Media and Divorce: The DOs and DON’Ts

Your Facebook etiquette is probably the last thing on your mind if your family is in crisis and facing court proceedings. But mixing social media and divorce or any family law proceedings could have a serious impact on the outcome. You may think of your Facebook, Instagram or Twitter primarily as a way of talking to and keeping in touch with friends.  Don’t forget that what we post may be …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

Alan Shatter’s 5 Family Law Legacies

Reporting in Family Law and Childcare Cases – the In Camera Rule Notably one of the most significant practical changes to family law practice, the changes that came into force now allow the media to report on family law and childcare proceedings,  according to strict conditions.  These reforms are designed to address the need for public access to important information on the operation of family and child care proceedings in …Read More

How separated Fathers secure Custody after a Partner’s Death

Separated fathers can face a difficult and confusing situation if the mother of their child/children dies. Firstly, your child or children have lost their mother which is a traumatic time for any child. Secondly, even if you are long separated and no matter how you got on with your ex-partner, you are still coping with bereavement yourself. Thirdly, you now have to look at the future of your relationship with …Read More