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Leaving Certificate Home Economics - Social Core: Family Law

Safety Order

Prevents use of, or threat of violence. The person does not have to leave the family home. It can last from one to five years and can be renewed. If couples live apart the order prevents watching or loitering near the family home. Co-habiting couples must have been living together for six out of the previous twelve months.

Protection Order

This is a court order which is an interim measure. A person may apply for this order while awaiting a barring order in response to domestic violence. If a child is over 18 years old, parents can get a protection order against the child

Judicial Separation Act 1989

Allows a couple to separate legally under certain conditions. It dissolves the marriage in legal terms.

Family Law (Maintenance of Spouses and
Children) Act 1976

Ensures adequate means are provided for spouses and children.

Family Home Protection Act 1976

Neither spouse can sell, lease, transfer, re-mortgage or have essential services cut off in the family home without the prior consent of the other
partner, regardless of whose name the house is in. Since 1996, written permission is required to acquire a mortgage on a family home

Family Law Divorce Act 1996

A law indicating grounds for divorce in Ireland. It specifies that spouses must have lived apart for four out of the previous five years with no reasonable
prospect of reconciliation. Proper provision must be made for dependent members of the family. Succession rights are void for spouses.

Domestic Violence Act 1996

This allows protection or barring orders to be issued. It applies to couples living together, or anyone in a domestic household. It covers barring and protection orders for those whose safety is at
risk. It prohibits violence, threatening behaviour or the creation of fear.

Child Care Act 1991

This sets out a comprehensive range of regulation for the provision, maintenance and protection of children.

Barring Order

A court order which states that offenders of domestic violence must leave the family home and not return or even contact the family until further notice. It can last for three years and can then be renewed. For it to apply to co-habiting couples they must have been living together for six out of the previous nine months.

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