It is an offence for a parent or guardian to take or send a child under 16 years out of the State in defiance of a court order or without the consent of the othe parent, if that parent is a guardian. See information leaflet.
See'Step-Parent Adoption' If a child is born outside of marriage and the parent who has custody of the child goes on to marry someone other than the other parent, it is possible for the parent and their spouse to apply to adopt the child.
Is a booklet especially for grandparents of children whose parents are not married to each other. We outline possible solutions to various difficulties that may arise, e.g. lost contact with their grandchildren. (22 pages). Recent legislation, 18/1/2016, changes sections of this publication. Download amendment sheet.
This leaflet explains how paternity can be presumed or established and also how it can be declared by the court. We also describe the DNA testing procedure. See the ‘Establishing Paternity’ section of our website for a limited list of accredited testing services.
Has brief information on many issues unmarried parents need to think about for example, Money following the birth, Guardianship, Access, Custody, Maintenance, Returning to Education, Pregnancy Counselling services etc. (36 pages)
Gives information on a variety of issues such as guardianship, access and custody of children, maintenance, birth registration, passports and more, in several languages. Since this information was published in 2006 new legislations has been introduced particularly in relation to guardianship matters. Up-to-date information can be found in the information section of this website, but unfortunately the information is currently only available in English.
Is aimed at those working with migrant women and contains information on pregnancy prevention, crisis pregnancy options and other related health matters. It is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Polish, Romanian and Russian. (38 pages)
The Growing Up in Ireland Study (GUI) was initiated as a part of the national longitudinal study of children in Ireland. This report provides an analysis of data contained in the GUI study and provides baseline data on unmarried parents, living together or apart and some outcomes for their children. The report was undertaken by Dr. Owen Corrigan, Trinity College, and commissioned by Treoir thanks to funding received from the HSE Crisis Pregnancy Programme. Key Findings
Is a guide for parents on resolving disputes regarding access, custody, guardianship or maintenance issues. It includes information on mediation, negotiation and going to court. We describe what is involved if you represent yourself in court and what it will be like on the day. (62 pages - only available online)
IMPORTANT! - PLEASE NOTE: Following the commencement of legislation (18/1/2016) contained in the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 there are many changes to the law in relation to Access, Custody, Maintenance and in particular Guardianship. See www.treoir.ie for up-to-date information.
This information leaflet summarises how a father can get legal rights (joint guardianship) to his child, the legal implications if the mother marries either the father or another man and the issues if his child is being placed for adoption.
A significant research study by Dr. Owen Corrigan, commissioned by TREOIR and funded by the HSE Crisis Pregnancy Programme has been launched. The report gives us a greater understanding of the lives of children in different family types. The research was undertaken using the Growing Up in Ireland study data, a major longitudinal study of children which commenced in 2006, and collected information on 11,134 children and their parents in Ireland when the children were nine months and three years.
Is a magazine especially for young parents, both mothers and fathers. Articles include: Is there school after baby? Sharing your news, Coping with doctors, hospitals and clinics etc.(32 pages-only available online)
The magazine especially for young parents includes articles on 10 top tips for brand new dads, Life with baby, Tips for tantrums, When should I call the doctor, Money matters for you and your baby and much more. (32 pages)