The Operation of the Family Law High Court List during the Covid-19 Measures

The President of the High Court has issued a notice regarding the Operation of the Family Law High Court List during the Covid-19 Measures which applies to Motions/Rulings and all Applications that are on affidavit.

Please find a link to the notice here.


Submission on Establishment of Child Maintenance Review Group & Establishment of FLA Child Maintenance Sub-Commitee

The FLA notes the annoucement of Minister Doherty of the establishment of a Child Maintenance Review Group to examine a number of issues regarding child maintenance.

 Please click here for a link to the press release outlining the annoucement. 

The FLA intends to make a submission with regard to the above and welcomes the views of members.

Important Notice - Applying for or renewing membership of the Family Lawyer's Association of Ireland

Please contact if you wish to renew membership or become a member. Please do not use our online registration system until further notice. We are working to resolve these issues as a matter of urgency.

Recorded Webinar - Cases Stated - Practice and Procedure

Please note a link to the recorded version of this webinar is now available to FLA members in the members section of the website. 

Please click here for more information.

Recorded Webinar - The Law of Assisted Human Reproduction in Ireland

Please note a link to the recorded version of this webinar is now available to FLA members in the members section of the website. 

Please click here for more information.

FLA Webinar Series - May, June & July 2020

Details of the Family Lawyers’ Association of Ireland (FLA) webinar series for May, June and July 2020 have been published. In the context of the current unusual circumstances, these webinars are open to all and are free of charge. Please note that our future webinars  will be open to Members of the Association only and will be recorded in order that Members may have access after the live webinar.  

Please click here for more information and links to register.



FLA Covid-19 Response Steering Group - Update 20th April 2020 

The committee has issued an update to all members on the beginning of the new legal term.

As part of the committee's role it will this week re-appraise the situation which confronts the entire family law community.

To contribute to the debate in Government and wider, the committee intends to review the document it published some weeks ago entitled “Future Functioning of the Courts’ and to reissue it, revised and updated by the 24th April. We invite ideas from the entire membership as to how the business of the Courts could be re-established post 5 May.

Please let us have your suggestion, by Thursday of this week, the 23rd April at the latest. Every contribution is welcomed and valued.

Please click here for a link to the full update. 

FLA COVID-19 Response Steering Group - Guidelines for Access during COVID-19

The FLA COVID-19 Response Steering Group have issued guidelines to assist parents and practitioners in relation to access, in light of the restrictions brought in to tackle COVID-19.

Please click here for a link to the guidelines.

FLA COVID-19 Response Steering Group - Submissions on Current & Future Functioning of Family law Courts

A subcommittee of the FLA has endeavoured to develop a detailed understanding of the current functioning of the Courts across Ireland – particularly in so far as it relates to the practice of Family Law and related areas. The results of that survey, though still incomplete, are published today and will be widely circulated. Aside from the data which we have collated, the survey reveals the tremendous commitment, selflessness and professionalism of everyone involved in the administration of Justice across the country and particularly in the field of Family Law. The survey will be updated and re-published as new data and information emerges.

Following on from that work, the subcommittee set upon the task of developing realistic ideas and practices for the reinstatement of the safe and responsible practice of Family Law for the medium future – we suggest from April 2020 to September 2020.

The suggestions set out in these submissions are premised on full compliance by all parties with the Public Health Guidelines issued by the HSE.

The FLA would invite all interested parties to review the below submissions and the FLA Covid-19 Response Steering Group welcomes any feedback or suggestions.

Please click this link for further information. 

The Family and Child Law Committee of the Law Society of Ireland have published guidelines for practitioners to follow during the Covid-19 situation.

Please click here for link to the guidelines.

Welcome to the The Family Lawyers Association.

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On behalf of the Executive Committee and Members of the Family Lawyers’ Association of Ireland, we would like to welcome you to our website and invite you to join the Association. The aim of the Association is to support family law practitioners, to seek to promote the highest standards in the practice of family law and to advocate on behalf of our members in the context of law reform.

The Executive Committee has an exciting series of events planned for the coming year and we look forward to meeting with you and hearing from you in this context. In addition to the usual post-court CPD events, we are pleased to be introducing a Breakfast Briefing series, in conjunction with the Courts Service. The very popular Circuit Conference will continue (organised by the most able Alexis Mina BL) and we are, in addition, planning a Brexit conference in February. It is planned to add a charity event to our calendar also. Social gatherings will continue. We are delighted that Dr. Sarah Fennell will be overseeing law reform initiatives. Details of all of these events and initiatives will be posted on our website.

This is an Association of family lawyers for family lawyers and therefore we are most anxious to hear your views, good and bad, and to endeavour to address same. If you have issues that you wish to have addressed, please email the Hon. Sec., Graham Hanlon, via the contact email form on this website.

We welcome new members, whether as full members or associate members. Our Hon. Treasurer, James Richardson, or any members of the Committee, will be pleased to provide details of such membership. As in all relationships, communication is key so we appreciate hearing your views and suggestions.

With best wishes,

                                                                     Nuala E Jackson SC, Chairperson

                                                                     Alan Finnerty, solicitor, Vice Chairperson


There are many benefits of membership of the Family Lawyers Association.

Ordinary Membership is open to all practising Solicitors and Barristers. Associate Membership is open to former or retired Solicitors and Barristers, Judges and associated professionals at the discretion of the Executive Committee.


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