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Treoir's Information Pack 2014 

Good news! The 2014 edition of our 'Information Pack for Unmarried Parents' is now available. It's full of up-to-date information on legal issues, money matters and lots, lots more. Call 1890 252 084 or email info@treoir.ie for your free copy.

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Children First Bill 2014

Treoir welcomes the publication of the Children First Bill 2014.  There has been a lack of clarity about obligations to report cases of consensual sexual activity between young people under the age of consent. We welcome the fact that this Bill clarifies the position as follows:

A mandated person shall not be required to make a report to the Child and Family Agency where a child aged 15 years or more but less than 17 years is engaged in sexual activity with a person who is not more than 2 years older than the child and where the mandated person knows or believes that there is no material difference in capacity or maturity between the two parties, and where the child has made known his or her view that a report should not be made to the Child and Family Agency and where the mandated person relied upon that view.

Treoir will engage with its members to develop a comprehensive response to the Bill. 

Read the Bill here.  Read explanatory memorandum.

 

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Treoir's Submission on the Family Relationships Bill 2014 

See Treoir's Submission on the General Scheme of a Children and Family Relationships Bill 2014 to the Oireachtas Committee on Justice Defence and Equality.  The Bill  deals with many different types of families. Our submission mainly focuses on:

*    Rights of Unmarried Fathers who are not Cohabiting
*    Cohabitation Condition
*    Establishment of a Central Register for Guardianship Agreements
*    The Child's Right to Identity
*    Terminology
*    An unlimited number of Guardians
*    Definition of Guardianship
*    Need for clarity around Parentage and Guardianship

Read Submission.

Read Treoir's article in The Journal about the proposed changes in family law in the upcoming Child & Family Bill: 'Radical change on the way for (some) unmarried fathers' 

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Separating parents and their children

Treoir attended the launch on 3rd February 2014 of two informative and useful films for separating parents and their children.  The Ombudsman for Children’s Office and the Courts Service have worked together to develop these two short films about key aspects of family law proceedings in the District Court, and possible alternatives to Court, in particular family mediation.  Read more.

View films here:


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Publication of the Child and Family Relationships Bill 2014 

Treoir welcomes the publication of the Child and Family Relationships Bill 2014. There is a recognition that many different family forms exist in Ireland and the Bill attempts to extend rights and responsibilities to those who are caring for children, irrespective of their biological ties. 

However, we are disappointed that the Bill does nothing for those unmarried fathers who are hugely committed to their parenting duties and involved with their children but have not cohabited with the mother for the requisite time. Read more

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Guardianship for Unmarried Fathers 

The recent tragic case of the very ill baby boy born in a Dublin maternity hospital highlights the lack of rights afforded to unmarried fathers.   As the couple in this case were not married, the father was not a guardian on the birth of the child.  Where the parents are not married to each other only the mother is automatically a guardian when the child is born.   The father therefore had no right to make any major decisions regarding his baby.

As a result of this case we have had a number of calls from worried unmarried pregnant women.   If an unmarried pregnant women is concerned she could make a Will appointing the father, or another appropriate person (for example a grandmother) as a Testamentary Guardian. This person would then have the right to make decisions regarding the welfare of the child in the event of her death. See Guardianship.

Normally you must be 18 years old, or married, in order to make a will.  However, a mother under 18 can make a will if it is to appoint a Testamentary Guardian for her child.

For more information see the article written by Margot Doherty, Assistant Chief Executive of Treoir in The Journal.ie.

 

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Single Person Child Carer Credit 

From 1st of January 2014, the Single Person Child Carer Credit (SPCCC) replaces the One-Parent Family Credit (OPFC). It operates differently from the One-Parent Family Credit by being available in the first instance to the Primary Claimant – the individual with whom the qualifying child resides for the whole or greater part of the year. 

It is possible for a qualifying Primary Claimant to surrender (relinquish) his or her entitlement to the credit, in favour of another qualifying individual – a Secondary Claimant.

For more information call us on 1890 252 084 or find more information here.

 
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One Parent Family Payment Income Disregard

In Budget 2012 the Government decided to reduce the amount of money parents getting One Parent Family Payment (OFP) could earn before the OFP is reduced.

From 1st January 2014, the One Parent Family Payment income disregard has been reduced from €110 per week to €90 per week. This means, if you are an OFP recipient, 50% of anything you earn over €90 will be assessed.

If the Department of Social Protection has not got up-to-date information on your financial circumstances you should let them know in order to ensure that you get the correct amount of OFP.

For more information call us at Locall 1890 252 084.

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Jobseeker's Transition Arrangement for OFP

Parents who are no longer eligible for One-Parent Family Payment  (OFP) because of the age of their youngest child can benefit from new transition arrangements for Jobseekers Allowance (JA). While JA recipients must be available for and genuinely seeking full-time work, under these new arrangements:

  • Parents moving from OFP to Jobseeker's Allowance Transition do not have to be "available for and genuinely seeking full-time work".
  • Parents can work part-time without restrictions and still receive the JA Transition payment, subject to the Jobseeker's Allowance means test. 

Conditions: 

  • The youngest child of the parent must be under 14 years of age
  • The parent must be continuing to parent alone (i.e. not cohabiting)
  • The parent must satisfy the full Jobseekers Allowance (JA) means test.

Parents will have access to the 'Intreo' activation supports to help them to progress to or to get into employment. 

For more information call us on 1890 252 084 or find more information here.

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United Nations Human Rights Day

United Nations Human Rights Day takes place on 10 December every year to celebrate human rights.  The date was chosen to honour the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the  United Nations on 10 December 1948.

FLAC has created a pop-up site to showcase events going on around Ireland to celebrate human rights  showing how diverse and important human rights are to people countrywide. It also shows a range of organisations, including Treoir, working for human rights in this country.

You can visit it here

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Maintenance of Children - Amendment

Following the enactment of the Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2011 changes were made to the Family Law (Maintenance of Spouses and Children) Act 1976.  It is no longer the case that only six months arrears can be applied for where a parent has fallen behind in payments.  Payment of arrears will be at the discretion of the judge.

This information is not reflected in our current Maintenance of Children Information Leaflet.  However, we have updated our website and the online version of the leaflet to reflect the change.

For further information see; Part 8, Sec. 31 of the Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2011

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CLICK HERE to read our top ten tips on the important information you should consider if you are unmarried and about to be parents

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