New Laws for Adoption
The Adoption Act, 2010 (“the Act”) came into force on the 1st November 2010. This new act consolidates all existing laws in relation to adoption into one single piece of legislation and aims to ensure better regulation of adoption in Ireland and in respect of intercountry adoption.
The Act also establishes “The Adoption Authority of Ireland” in place of the Adoption Board. Further details can be found in the What’s New section of our website.
Qualifying Opposite and Same-Sex Cohabitants Now Have Legal Rights Against Their Partners
The majority of the Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010 came into force on 1st January 2011. As well as introducing legal recognition for same-sex couples’ relationships in Ireland through Civil Partnership, the act imposes financial rights and obligations on certain qualifying cohabiting couples. Such couples can be opposite or same-sex couples who are not married or have not registered a civil partnership. Couples can opt not to have the act’s provisions apply to them through a legal agreement. If you think you may be affected by the act and wish to obtain further details and advice please do not hesitate to contact a member of our Family Law Unit, H. Pat Barriscale, Partner, Sarah Ryan, Solicitor or Aisling Carr, Solicitor. Further information can also be found in the Autumn/Winter 2009 edition of HOMS News in which the bill was outlined.