Seperation maintenance orders push men below subsistence line

The first major survey of Ireland's Circuit Courts, where 98pc of judicial separation and divorce cases are heard, also reveals that the "standard access" for married dads to their children after separation is "a couple of hours" every second week – with a few hours once or twice during the week.

The four-year study, approved by the Department of Justice and funded by the Irish Research Council (IRC), has exposed a series of injustices in Ireland's overburdened family law system, with judges – interviewed for the first time – requesting training to deal with young children, parental conflict and help for huge caseloads that are leading to "intense pressure" to settle cases.

Judicial Separation and Divorce in the Circuit Court, a study of almost 1,100 cases including 187 anonymous family law case reports, reveals that the courts do not use any set criteria or formulae to determine maintenance payments.

The study, which has been seen by the Irish Independent, showed:

Roisin O'Shea, the award-winning researcher who carried out the study, said that the courts were at risk of "setting men up to not be able to pay" their child maintenance because of the speed in which cases are heard and a failure by the justice system to examine ability to pay.

Read more at the Irish Independent.

comments powered by Disqus

International Womens Day 2016

A special message for International Womens Day from MHRI.


Gender Quotas: Are they Necessary?

Brendan O'Grady asks whether or not gender quotas are fair or do they serve any purpose at all.


I made him remember my name

We're delighted to present a powerful poem about domestic violence against men, written by Shawnda Kettles.


UCC Needs to Improve its Statistics Courses

An in-depth look at reports of a plague of sexual assault that somehow managed to escape everyone's attention at UCC.


MRHI Talks Reproductive Rights for Men

Once again back with the mighty Niall Boylan on Classic Hits 4FM, we're talking with the public about mens reproductive rights.


Man Suffers Horrific Burns in Domestic Violence Assault

Ken Gregory, 65, from Peterborough, was left with first and second degree burns to 14 percent of his body, after his now ex-wife Teresa Gilbertson, 60, threw a jug of scalding hot water over the back of his head.


Submission to Cosc

MHRI has prepared and submitted a document to Cosc for their consideration as part of the National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual, and Gender-based Violence.


Domestic Violence Against Irish Men

One of the last great taboo subjects in Irish society today is domestic violence against men. Here's an unsparing look at the realities all too many men face.


Lies in the Family Courts

One man tells the story of his treatment by the divorce courts and how close he came to ending it all. Sadly his experience is far from unique.


Objectification In Irish society

We cover recent events surrounding the Sun newspaper, why it seems to matter so much to some people, and whether or not feminists should be telling women how to dress.