Family Court (Ireland)

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The Family Court (Ireland) is a division of the District, Circuit and High Courts that deals with family law matters in Ireland. In principle all hearings are in camera and reporting is anonymous, restricted and issued quarterly by a single journalist. The following matters are covered by the Family Court:

  • Judicial Separation including maintenance and custody
  • Divorce
  • Nullity
  • Relief following a foreign divorce or separation outside the jurisdiction
  • Declaration of Marital Status
  • Determination of property disputes
  • Remedies against the estate of a deceased spouse
  • Declarations of parentage
  • Barring Orders and Injunctions

The court has been the subject of criticisms which have led to its procedures being included in the Third Programme for Law Reform, as well as the attempted implementation of new procedures.


External links[edit]

  • [1] Courts Service
  • [2] Law Reform