Author Archives: Dr Louise Crowley

Can the rights of a family be protected without a home? – Ann Fogarty

Can the rights of a family be protected without a home? Ann Fogarty In February 2016, the Superior Court of Justice of Madrid upheld the decision of the High Court to grant an eviction order to the Housing Institute of … Continue reading

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Examining the Enforceability of Irish Pre-nuptial Agreements – Aine Horgan

Pre-nuptial agreements are typically executed to protect assets prior to marriage and become operational in the event of a marriage breakdown. Ross Alyward has stated that pre-nuptial agreements are drafted to not only consider the course of a marriage, but … Continue reading

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Hearing the Child’s Voice in the Mediation Process – Julianne Dowling

The breakdown of a family unit can be a traumatic time for all members of the family. However, parents are encouraged to maintain positive communication between each other as well as their children during this often very difficult period of … Continue reading

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Examining the Enforceability of Irish Pre-nuptial Agreements – Áine Horgan

Examining the Enforceability of Irish Pre-nuptial Agreements – Áine Horgan Pre-nuptial agreements are typically executed to protect assets prior to marriage and become operational in the event of a marriage breakdown. Ross Alyward has stated that pre-nuptial agreements are drafted … Continue reading

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Ireland 2017 – forcible adoption of children in State care? by Caroline O’Meara

Adoption involves a child being adopted by someone who is not their birth parent whereby the legal rights and responsibilities are transferred from the birth parent(s) to the adoptive parent(s). Recent changes to adoption law have brought about significant changes. … Continue reading

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Are we there yet? – Realising the rights of the Child – Linda Kearin

Ireland has a disturbing past with regard to the protection of children and the vindication of their rights. The recent shameful history of child abuse in Ireland demonstrated by the Ryan and Roscommon Reports, and more recently ‘Grace’ has led … Continue reading

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Grandparent Rights? Another layer in the complex area of family law – Redmond Powell

The typical Irish family has changed significantly since the birth of today’s grandparents. The commonplace larger families have reduced in size and many modern families rely on grandparents for much more than just weekend visits. However, a substantial amount of … Continue reading

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Protecting the Victims of Domestic Violence – Rachel Condon

Rate of Abuse Statistically, according to Women’s Aid, Ireland has the second highest number of women avoiding places or situations for fear of being assaulted out of all EU countries. In a 2014 study entitled “Violence Against Women: An EU-Wide … Continue reading

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Is it time to resurrect Civil Partnership? – Anne Ahern

Is it time to resurrect Civil Partnership? – Anne Ahern The recent UK Court of Appeal decision in Steinfeld and Keidan v the Secretary of State for Health, brings to mind the short life of the Irish Civil Partnership. Created … Continue reading

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Spousal maintenance after divorce, time for change? – Anne Horan

Spousal maintenance after divorce – Time for change? Anne Horan Following the break-down of a marriage, the parties may well try to go their separate ways, but often this is not easily achieved. Who continues to live in the family … Continue reading

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