In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic and following government guidance, our offices are currently closed for the protection of our staff and clients.

However, we wish to assure you that all of our solicitors continue to work remotely and are available to provide advice and assistance in relation to both current cases as well as any new matters you may wish to discuss.

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High Court Challenge welcomed amidst Surge in Domestic Violence

This Friday 3rd July, the High Court in Belfast will hear an emergency Judicial Review to determine whether the Court Service of Northern Ireland has acted lawfully by refusing to extend emergency Non-Molestation Orders put in place to protect victims of domestic abuse. It comes at a time when rates of domestic abuse have soared in Northern Ireland and charities have described “an explosion” of incidents in recent months.
02/07/2020family

Covid-19 lockdown causes increase in Domestic Abuse but emergency Court protection still available

It is highlighted this week in newly released PSNI statistics that the number of domestic abuse crimes in the last year has been the highest figure recorded in Northern Ireland the last 15 years.   In total, the PSNI recorded 31,817 incidents between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020, an increase of 15 per cent on last year’s figures.
21/05/2020family

Stalking and the Law in NI

National Stalking Awareness Week 2020 runs this week from Monday 20th April 2019 to Friday 24th April 2019.
23/04/2020family

How will lockdown impact upon contact with your child

Yesterday evening, the government announced more stringent measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus Covid 19 within our communities.  These measures have effectively resulted in a lockdown, with the nation being told to stay at home and cease all non-essential travel. 
24/03/2020family

Social Distancing & Self Isolation not barriers to Protection from Domestic Abuse

The world is currently bowing under the pressure of a virus the like of which has never been seen in any of our lifetime – businesses are locking their doors, the elderly and vulnerable are hiding themselves away and it might feel like the whole world is going into lockdown, with help out of reach for many.
20/03/2020family

End of the decade sees the beginning of Civil Partnerships for Mixed Sex Couples

Today, the last day of the decade, is the day that thousands of mixed-sex couples in England & Wales are expected to enter into civil partnerships.
31/12/2019family

Claire Edgar appointed to International Children Law Panel of Solicitors

Our Family and Divorce Partner, Claire Edgar has been appointed by Northern Ireland Central Authority to the International Children Law Panel of Solicitors.
26/11/2019family

Irish Legal News publishes article by our Claire Edgar in which she sets out the Court's powers

Claire Edgar considers yesterday's UK Supreme Court decision in a child abduction case.
31/10/2019family

Claire Edgar presents talk to Women's Aid

Our Divorce and Family Law Partner Claire Edgar attended with Women’s Aid ABCLN group in Ballymena to present a talk entitled ‘Mums and the Law – a synopsis of the ways the law can assist mothers on relationship breakdown’. 
17/09/2019family

Claire Edgar Guest Speaker at European Conference on Domestic Violence

Our Family and Divorce Law Partner Claire Edgar is traveling to Oslo to be a guest speaker at the European Conference on Domestic Violence which is taking place from 1st to 4th September 2019. 
03/09/2019family

Legal Protection from Stalking and Harassment

National Stalking Awareness Week 2019 runs this week from Monday 8th April 2019 to Friday 12th April 2019.
10/04/2019family

Claire Edgar joins Management Committee of the Childrens Law Centre

Claire Edgar, Partner in our Divorce and Family Law Department, has been invited to join the Management Committee of the Children’s Law Centre which provides legal advice and support to young people in Northern Ireland.
04/04/2019family

Claire Edgar article featured in the latest issue of The Parchment

Our Family Law Partner Claire Edgar has been featured in the Autumn 2018 issue of The Parchment with an article discussing how UK pensions are treated in Irish family law proceedings.
13/11/2018family

This Sunday 7th October 2018 marks the UKs National Grandparents Day

  The bond between a grandparent and their grandchild is often regarded as one of the most precious relationships in life. Grandparents are free of the stresses of parenting and can simply enjoy a fun and loving relationship with their grandchild. 
05/10/2018family

Karen Connolly provides legal articles for online publication Belfast Live

  Our Family Law Associate Karen Connolly regularly provides legal articles on topical issues relating to family law matters to the online media publication, Belfast Live.
06/07/2018family

Claire Edgar Article on Domestic Abuse published by VIEWDigital Media

  Our Family Law Partner Claire Edgar has published a legal article in the latest edition of VIEWDigital, a community media organisation engaged in social affairs journalism. 
16/03/2018family

Family Law Department develop top Legal Blog entitled Life Law NI

In June 2015, our Family Law Partner Claire Edgar and Associate Solicitor Karen Connolly developed and launched a legal blog called ‘Life Law NI’.
08/03/2018family

Claire Edgar is Committee Member of Belfast Area Domestic & Sexual Violence Partnership

  Throughout her career, our Family Law Partner Claire Edgar has taken a special interest in legal issues around domestic violence.
08/03/2018family

Claire Edgar is featured Legal Columnist for NI4Kids Magazine

  Since 2010, our Family Law Partner Claire Edgar has been a featured legal columnist for the NI4Kids Magazine.
08/03/2018family

Claire Edgar is Facilitator at Justice Institute on Gender-Based Violence

  Our Family & Matrimonial Law Partner Claire Edgar undertook the role of Course Facilitator at the Justice Institute on Gender-Based Violence, a training course to tackle gender-based violence in February 2018
28/02/2018family