In particular Treoir welcomes that the best interests of the child will be the paramount consideration in relation to any adoption matter, application or proceedings. Among other proposed changes, we welcome the provision whereby a step-parent adoption may take place without the peculiar requirement for the biological parent to adopt his or her own child. … Read more
Many fathers mistakenly believe that because their name is on their child’s birth cert they have rights to their child… Download Press Release
Nearly 60% of all births to unmarried parents are to parents living at the same address, clearly showing that cohabitation is on the rise. Yet these families, though treated in the same way as married couples by theDepartment of Social and Family Affairs, are seriously disadvantaged within the tax system if one of them chooses … Read more
At last, children may get an Article in Bunreacht na hÉireann specifically for them. Treoir, the national federation of services for unmarried parents and their children expressed their delight at the proposed visibility of children inthe Irish Constitution. In responding to the third report of the Joint Committee on the Constitutional Amendment on Children, Treoir … Read more
Rights for Unmarried FamiliesTreoir extends its congratulations to the Law Reform Commission on addressing the rights of unmarried fathers, grandparents, step parents and indeed recognising that all children, irrespective of the marital status of their parents, have a right to a relationship with their fathers and extended families without any obstacles… Download Press Release
Children can be hurt by family conflict. It is much better for children if parents can resolve their differences by agreement rather than going to court and this can be particularly challenging for parents who are not married to each other.