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Use the links in the blue table above for information on the main family law topics including relevant legislation and the most frequently used court forms.

Use the links below for information relevant to all aspects of family law proceedings. Read this information first to better understand the information in the other sections.

General Information

Court procedure

Explanation of legal terms


The content of this section does not purport to be, nor should it be relied upon as, advice. If you wish to take advice on a matter affecting you, you should contact a professional adviser.

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Films for separating parents and their children

The Ombudsman for Children Office and the Courts Service have developed two short films for separating parents and their children about key aspects of family law proceedings in the District Court, and possible alternatives to court, in particular family mediation.

Finding your way offers parents basic information about the District family law courts and family mediation. It also offers advice and support services that may assist them with reaching agreement on important information issues affecting them and their children following separation. The film may also be a useful resource for professionals, for example, solicitors, family mediators and counsellors working with parents who have separated.

You are not alone introduces young people (13 to 15 years) to the District family law courts, and family mediation and support services for parents who are separating. The film encourages young people to talk about how they are feeling and to get support if they need it. It may also support parents to talk with their children about steps they might be taking following separation and be a useful resource for professionals working with young people in these circumstances.

Click the link below for a list of agencies and organisations to contact in connection with the issues raised in these films.

You are not alone & Finding your way; information on support services.doc

Additional family law information on this site includes:

Legal Diary: daily court lists for Supreme, High and Circuit courts.

Rules & Fees: practice and procedure of the courts and forms to be used in court proceedings.

Judgments: written decisions of the court.

Practice Directions: information on thepractice and procedure to complement the rulesof court.

Publications: leaflets, booklets, audio publications - includes reports of family law hearings.

International family separation:

The growing mobility of citizens within the European Union has resulted in an increasing number of families with an international dimension. Everybody understands that family separation is always a difficult and painful affair, but when it takes place across borders, difficulties and stress are frequently compounded.

The European Union has acted to simplify the legal situation by putting in place rules to improve cross-border judicial cooperation. For more information see Awareness raising campaign on international family separation.pdf