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Family Law Information

Welcome operates as an information portal, providing a central source of information related to family relationships and a comprehensive online source of all aspects of Irish family law. It serves to inform the general public and service providers of all relevant existing, validated sources of information that are currently accessible both on and offline. The aim is to collate and better convey existing information, resources and services in Ireland, thereby ensuring that anyone seeking information will be able to access all related sources.

The website, an initiative of the Family Law Clinic at the School of Law, University College Cork was developed by Professor Louise Crowley, senior lecturer in family law and is moderated and supported by students of the LLM (Children’s Rights and Family Law). The primary aim of this project is to provide those in need of information relating to aspects of Irish family law, with a comprehensive and up-to-date statement of the law and identification of relevant supports and services.

The development of the website was greatly supported by the skill and commitment of Claire Fennell, Instructional Designer, UCC and has been generously funded by an Irish Research Council New Foundations Award 2014.

The contents of this website are provided for information purposes only and should not be regarded as legal advice. If you have a legal issue in need of resolution you are strongly advised to seek the services of a solicitor. Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the information published on this website is correct, no responsibility is accepted by or on behalf of the School of Law and/or University College Cork for omission, errors or misleading information that might be contained on any page or associated links or sites included or referred to on this website.

This website aims to provide a comprehensive list of the multiple relevant information resources in each identified area of family law but should not be regarded as an exhaustive collection of information sources.

Immediate Supports

A family dispute - whether the breakdown of a relationship or a dispute involving children - can give rise to the need for a variety of immediate supports and/or interventions, and can include the following forms of support:


For those in need of immediate support, the Samaritans provide confidential non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide. There are local Samaritans branches throughout Ireland:

Athlone – Ballymena – Bangor – Belfast – Coleraine – Cork – Derry – Drogheda – Dublin –Ennis – Galway – Kilkenny – Limerick – Newbridge – Newry – Omagh – Portadown –Sligo – Tralee – Waterford


Organisation Telephone Email Website Address

Tele: 01 6710071

Freephone:116-123 Samaritans Ireland, 4-5 Usher’s Court, Usher’s Quay, Dublin 8
Tusla - Child and Family Agency (01) 635 2854 Child and Family Agency, Block D, Park Gate Business Centre, Parkgate Street, Dublin
Legal Aid Board

Tel: (066) 947 1000 

Lo-call No: 1890 615 200 Legal Aid Board, Quay Street, Cahirciveen, Co. Kerry
Free Legal Advice Centre

Lo-Call: 1890 350 250 / +353 1 874 5690 Free Legal Advice Centre, 13 Lower Dorset Street, Dublin 1
Citizens Information 0761 07 4000 260 drop-in locations nationwide.

Tel: 01 453 0355

Callsave: 1850 222 300   Barnardos National Office, Christchurch Square, Dublin 8

University College Cork

Coláiste na hOllscoile Corcaigh

College Road, Cork T12 K8AF