Dublin District Family Law Office

You can schedule an appointment online to visit this office for:

  • Maintenance
  • Custody/Access
  • Guardianship


Please attend at your appointment time, and ensure you have all relevant documents listed below before attending to progress your business as quickly as possible.


If you require an urgent order under the Domestic Violence Act you DO NOT need to make an appointment and can attend at the relevant office in person, Monday to Friday (except for Bank Holidays).


Access to this service:

  • You or the other person must be ordinarily residing or carrying out business/profession in Dublin in order to apply through the Dublin District Family Law office.
  • If you have Family Law proceedings in any other Court, you cannot make any other applications in a different Court Service Office (with the exception of domestic violence).
  • If you currently have proceedings in the Family Law Courts, please ensure that you bring your Case Reference number to your appointment.


To ensure your appointment can proceed, you should bring a number of documents with you, including:

  • A valid form of ID, such as a Passport or Driving Licence.
  • For every application you make you must have the address where the other party currently resides and complete a Confirmation of Address Form.
  • You must have the full names and dates of birth of all children involved in your application and the address they are living at.


For Custody, Access, and Guardianship Applications:


For fathers applying for guardianship where the mother has been previously married:

For this appointment type, please bring the following three forms with you:


For Maintenance Applications:

  • For new Maintenance applications, or applications to vary or discharge existing maintenance orders you will be required to complete this Statement of Means form before your appointment.
  • For Arrears of Maintenance applications, please complete a Statement of Arrears Form before attending your appointment.


Please note that due to the urgent nature of certain matters that must take priority, there may be a slight delay to your appointment commencement time.


About this Office:


This office deals with business for all the areas within the Dublin Metropolitan Court District, other than Swords area. Business for Swords is dealt with at Swords District Court Office.


Business Dealt with:

  • Domestic Violence
  • Guardianship of Children
  • Maintenance of Spouses and Children
  • Matters relating to Passport Applications

Emergency Domestic Violence Applications:

Emergency domestic violence applications must be made in the Interview Room before 3.00 p.m. each day. If you need to bring an emergency application after hours, contact your local Garda station. The Garda station will contact the court clerk on call to arrange a court. On Saturdays and public holidays, you may make an emergency application at the Criminal Courts Office, Criminal Courts of Justice, Parkgate Street, Dublin 8.


Address: Ground Floor, Dolphin House, East Essex Street, Dublin 2, D02 RR76

Office Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 9:30 – 13:00 and 14:00 – 16:00. Walk-in ex-parte applications will be taken from 9:30 – 12:30 and 14:00 – 15:00

Email Address: districtfamilylaw@courts.ie

Contact Numbers: +353 1 888 6351/6352/6353/6830


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