Kevin’s Blog

EMOTIONAL ABUSE IN FAMILY LAW CASES

I recently spoke to a child psychologist who said that he was very concerned at the growing number of cases he deals with involving what he described as severe cases of emotional abuse. This generally happens in cases where one parent denies a child contact with the other parent. The […]

SECTION 47 REPORTS

Anybody who has children and has been involved in the family law proceedings will be familiar with reports prepared under section 47 of the Family Law Act, 1995. These reports are generally prepared by expert child psychologists and courts will feel themselves, if not bound by the findings in these […]

MEN AND FAMILY LAW

The judge had to decide how much maintenance a mother and the father had to pay to look after their 7-year-old son. The mother earns €60,000 a year, the father earns €20,000 a year. The judge accepted that the earnings figures were correct.      When all the evidence had […]

OVERCHARGING BY SOLICITORS

A client can be in a very difficult position when they decide to leave their solicitor and instruct somebody new. The first solicitor is entitled to insist that his/her fees be paid in full before they release their file to the new solicitor. This can often create difficulties because the […]

DEFAMATION – QUALIFIED OR ABSOLUTE PRIVILEGE

You defame somebody if you make a false allegation about them and that allegation has been made known to third parties. There are however certain defences open to the person who made the defamatory statements. One of the defences is that of privilege. Privilege can be absolute privilege, which generally […]

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