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New Legislation to Provide for Different Family Forms

30 January 2014

The General Scheme for a Children and Family Relationships Bill were published today by the Minister for Justice and Equality, Alan Shatter TD. The Bill aims to recognise the diversity of family life in Ireland and create a legal structure to underpin the different parenting situations of families living in Ireland, including lesbian and gay families.

Ireland now has many different types of families into which children are born and raised, including step-parent families, lesbian and gay headed families, and families headed by members of the extended family. The Bill aims to ensure that children within all family forms enjoy the same duties of care from those parenting them and can form a legal relationship with those parents, regardless of whether they are in a traditional constitutional family or in a different family form.

 

 

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Links

General Scheme of Children and Family Relationships Bill - Policy Rationale

Department of Justice and Equality
http://www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Policy%20Rationale.pdf/Files/Policy%20Rationale.pdf

General Scheme of Children and Family Relationships Bill

Department of Justice and Equality
http://www.justice.ie/en/JELR/General%20Scheme%20of%20a%20Children%20and%20Family%20Relationships%20Bill.pdf/Files/General%20Scheme%20of%20a%20Children%20and%20Family%20Relationships%20Bill.pdf