Child access and maintenance matters are now to be dealt with as urgent matters by the courts, rather than adjourned.
Family law solicitor and chair of the Family and Child Law Committee of the Law Society Helen Coughlan (pictured) has said that access breaches have arisen which need to be dealt with as urgent matters, where one parent is failing to comply with court-ordered arrangements.
Priority had previously been given only to domestic violence and childcare cases.
Judge Colin Daly of the District Court is expected to announce today (Thursday) that lawyers may now bring applications before the courts on these matters.
Enforcement of court-ordered access means that denied time may be made up with increased access. Costs of bringing the case may also be awarded against the parent in breach of access orders.