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# Family court

This year
Judge expresses 'utmost concern' for children in unsuitable care due to a lack of places
67 reports from child law cases have identified that there is a lack of suitable placements for children in care.
All time
Estranged wife of Dubai ruler asks UK court for forced marriage protection order
The couple are locked in a legal battle in London over the welfare of their two children.
Judge directs that gardaí be made aware of abuse claims made against father of 11-month-old infant
The young mother made the statement when obtaining a protection order giving herself and the baby court protection.
'It's in crisis': Law Society raises concerns over security issues in family courts system
Members of the Law Society’s family and child law committee are to appear before the Oireachtas Committee on Justice this morning.
Gardaí arrest man armed with 'imitation firearm' and suspect device at Family Courts in Dublin
A controlled explosion was carried out on the suspect device.
Minister keen to give Smithfield family court complex the green light
The integrated court complex has been hampered in delays for years.
'Cramped, grim courts are no place for children': Calls for improved family courts to be rolled out
The Law Society of Ireland says a 21st century approach to family law is needed.
Child remains in care after parents refuse to answer phone or turn up to court hearing
The family court heard that the family had living arrangements “unsuitable for a young child”.
'It's an extremely Draconian act': Judge denies Tusla bid to place children into care
“This court doesn’t operate on worries or concerns,” the judge said. “It operates on facts.”
UK police warn mother wanted for abduction 'may pose risk' to her sons
Samantha Baldwin and the two boys went missing on Monday after the boys were declared wards of the court.
Child taken into care after her mother was found passed out on New Year's Eve
Gardaí were called to the hotel where the girl and her mother were staying.
Grandparents living in fear of grandsons who are terrorising them in their own homes
Two cases of alleged elder abuse appeared before Kildare’s family court this week.
Child in foster care has "serious anxiety" and worries about his mother's welfare
A family court heard the child recently had an argument with his foster family.
A day in the Family Court: Child not told when father might visit to 'avoid disappointment'
The Child and Family Agency told the court the father was making good steps towards recovery.
Care order extended for child whose mother tested positive for cocaine, cannabis and sedatives
The court was told the mother had been going to rehab but had fallen back in with drug use.
Child whose foster parent died will be moved so no 'attachments' are formed in temporary home
It is hoped the child will be placed in a long-term home after the summer.
DPP prevents media from reporting on a childcare case for the first time
An application by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for an extension to an order prohibiting reporting was granted yesterday.
Children found with lice and ringworm in a house with no food
The details of this case were released in the latest Child Care Law Reporting Project.
Court hears child who set fire to bedroom wants to go to college
The case of two children due to leave state care were discussed in court.
'I want my children to have the family I never had'
A mother who was once in state care says she wants her children to be happy.
Garda tells court she found child wandering street with his drunk mother at 5am
A school principal said the child had complained of being hungry in school.
Mother who relapsed and went on 'cocaine session' wants children back
The children’s social worker said there is a plan in place to return the children to the mother’s care if she engages with drug user services.
Family courts were shrouded in mystery, now it's not, we should be paying attention
During court proceedings the state failings are often highlighted, but should that be the case?
'My daughter is my life': Mother pleads with judge to return child from care
The child was taken into state care after concerns about physical abuse.
Care order extended for two young girls who described their mother as a 'junkie'
The children said their mum had been ‘sleepy’ and ‘dozy’ during access visits.
Parents 'at a loss to understand' why their children were taken into care
A judge failed to tell them the reasons for his “momentous decision.”
Christmas is not an excuse for delays: State told to find teenage girl in care a place to live
The solicitor for the Child and Family Agency wanted the case adjourned until January.
Most parents in child care court cases are not married and raising children alone
That’s according to a report launched by the Child Care Law Reporting Project.
"Disgrace" of teen girl stuck with braces over pay dispute
An orthodontist refused to remove the braces because they weren’t paid.
A Week in the Family Court: The aftermath of relationship breakdowns spent a week observing cases in the Family Court. Here’s the view from those working in the system.
A Week in the Family Court: Judge warns parents that he wants no 'point scoring' spent a week observing cases in the Family Court. Here’s a selection of some of the common cases linked to relationship breakdowns.
A Week in the Family Court: 'Last night he kicked my door in. I live in total fear of my son' spent a week observing cases in the Family Court. Here’s a selection of the safety orders that appeared before the courts.
A Week in the Family Court: 'There needs to be intervention before we reach crisis point' spent a week observing cases in the Family Court. Here’s what the people working in child protection think needs to be done.
Judge: 'It is not very often I get to do this' - Two children returned to mother after three years in care spent a week observing cases in the Family Court.
A Week in the Family Court: 6,500 children are in care - here are some of their stories spent a week observing cases in the Family Court. Here are a selection of the care orders that appeared before the courts.
'I feel if I do cry here, I’m seen not to be capable and if I don’t cry I look like I have a heart of stone' spent a week observing cases in the Family Court.
Child in residential care refuses to attend addiction services, Social Work Department says they can't force him spent a week observing cases in the Family Court.
Court told of 'serious implications' if child who has had 'multiple foster homes' is moved again spent a week observing cases in the Family Court.
Boy in State care set duvet on fire in the middle of the room while he was still in it spent a week observing cases in the Family Court.
Babies of homeless parents remain in State care, but father has made 'huge progress' spent a week observing cases in the Family Court.