Family Law

Relationship Breakdown

The breakdown of a marriage or relationship is one of the most traumatic and stressful events a person is likely to experience. The situation is made even more difficult where children are involved. We understand that such situations must be handled in a sensitive manner and we are committed to providing a professional and understanding service to our clients.

Our primary objective is to deal with family law matters as expeditiously as possible in a cost-effective manner. Family law is one of the most challenging areas of law and we will at all times be sensitive to our client’s needs and expectations.

The breakdown of a relationship or marriage can result in serious financial and property ownership implications for clients. Also where there are children involved, solutions in relation to their welfare must be found. At C. W. Ashe & Co., we can provide practical legal advice and assistance in relation to the family home and other assets, custody of children, pensions, financial and taxation implications.

Fertility Treatment & Surrogacy

The area of fertility treatment and surrogacy is an emerging and complex area of law. There is currently no legislation governing surrogacy in Ireland and the traditional position is that the surrogate mother is considered the legal mother and guardian of the child owing to the fact that she gave birth to the child.

A recent High Court decision in this area was appealed to the Supreme Court who heard the case in February 2014. The case concerned an application by the genetic/biological mother to be registered as the mother on the birth certificates of twins born through a surrogacy arrangement in Ireland. The Supreme Court decision is pending.

Parents who go abroad to avail of surrogacy services face further challenges when they seek to establish their child’s Irish citizenship and obtain an Irish passport for their child. Seán Cahill, Solicitor, has particular expertise in this emerging area and can advise you on the complex issues involved.

We have substantial experience in all areas of family law including the following:

  • Adoption, both domestic & inter-country
  • Custody of children & access matters
  • Child law
  • Co-habitation & non-marital relationships
  • Domestic violence & barring orders
  • Dissolution of civil partnerships
  • Divorce
  • Guardianship
  • Judicial Separation
  • Maintenance applications
  • Mediation
  • Nullity
  • Paternity cases
  • Post-divorce proceedings
  • Pre-nuptial agreements
  • Separation agreements
  • Surrogacy

 

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