Family and Relationships

Life Event Document Becoming a Parent
Are you or is someone you know about to become a parent? A guide to State services in Ireland and overview of some of the issues that will concern you, whatever your situation.
Life Event Document Changing to your preferred gender
The Gender Recognition Act 2015 provides for the legal recognition of a person's preferred gender by the State.
Overview Document Relationships and your rights
Information on your legal and civil rights in relationships with a focus on cohabiting relationships, marriage, the status of same-sex relationships and the rights of grandparents.
Overview Document Family benefits and entitlements
There is a range of social welfare, tax and employment related benefits and entitlements available to families in Ireland, depending on their circumstances.
Overview Document Benefits and entitlements relating to birth
There is a range of social welfare benefits and employment entitlements to support women who are having a baby. Read about them here.
Overview Document Breakdown of a marriage or other relationship
The breakdown of a marriage or other relationship is a difficult and traumatic process. This document outlines the various issues that may arise.

Registrars of Births, Marriages and Deaths
This document explains the requirement to register life events and lists the phone numbers of superintendent registrars of births, marriages and deaths throughout Ireland.

Tusla - the Child and Family Agency
Tusla - the Child and Family Agency - is the dedicated State agency responsible for improving wellbeing and outcomes for children.

EU and family law
The role of the EU in family law is mainly concerned with ensuring that decisions made in one country can be implemented in another. It also has a role in trying to establish which country has jurisdiction to hear a particular case.