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17 July 2018

New Book on Divorce and Ancillary Relief published by Law Society

The Law Society of Northern Ireland is delighted to announce the publication of 'Divorce and Ancillary Relief in Northern Ireland. The Annotated Legislation'.

The new book, which has been written by Michael Long QC and Linda Robinson BL was officially launched at an event at Law Society House in Belfast and was attended by solicitors, barristers and senior members of the Northern Ireland Judiciary including the Lord Chief Justice, Sir Declan Morgan and the Honourable Mr Justice O'Hara.

The new book provides family law practitioners with the primary and subordinate legislation commonly encountered in cases relating to divorce and ancillary relief annotated with the reported and unreported Northern Ireland decisions (including Masters’ decisions on ancillary relief) conveniently collected in one volume.

The book also includes relevant parts of the Rules of the Court of Judicature and Family Proceedings Rules, the Pensions Regulations, domestic and international enforcement provisions and statutes relating to property division between spouses such as s. 17 of the Married Women’s Property Act, the Partition Acts and the Family Homes and Domestic Violence (NI) Order 1998.

In addition the Schedule to the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007 relating to Northern Ireland, Council Regulation 4/2009 and Parts IV and V of the Matrimonial and Family Proceedings (NI) Order 1989 relating to financial relief after an overseas divorce and declaration of status respectively are also included. The book also contains annotated Practice Directions and Guidance Notes.

Commenting on the publication of the new book the President of the Law Society of Northern Ireland, Eileen Ewing said:

"I believe that this new book is a must have for all Family Law practitioners in Northern Ireland.

The information and the detail contained within the book reflects the expertise of its authors and is written with the practitioner very much in mind. I would encourage all colleagues to purchase this book as soon as they can.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the authors Michael Long QC and Linda Robinson BL for their considerable work in writing this book and to Heather Semple, Head of Library and Information Services at the Society and Deborah McBride who were instrumental in its publication."

The new book costs £70.00 and is available by downloading, completing and returning the booking form below or by contacting the library team -




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