Government faces legal challenge over refusal to establish guardianship register

The government faces an embarrassing and costly defeat in High Court proceedings over its failure to establish a guardianship register.

6th June, 2009

The government faces an embarrassing and costly defeat in High Court proceedings over its failure to establish a guardianship register.

At present, almost a third of the annual 65,000 births in Ireland are to unmarried parents. Under the law, the automatic guardian of a non-marital child is its mother.

A father who wishes to obtain the important constitutional rights of a guardian has to apply to court, unless the child’s mother agrees to swear a joint...

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