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Family Law – the case for reform and a review of cohabitation legislation by Helen Coughlan

The current family law system is broken and failing the most vulnerable in our society. This failure is two-fold: there are chronic delays in accessing the courts and the facilities in the actual buildings are Dickensian and not fit for purpose. While we have excellent legislation – a Rolls Royce standard – there is a severe lack of resources to give effect to and implement these laws.

The Family and Child Law Committee of the Law Society has examined the current system and made a number of recommendations to Government, the latest of which involved written and oral submissions to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice and Equality in February of this year.

Read Helen Coughlan’s full paper here