As others have stated, it partly depends upon how busy the district court is in your area; it also depends upon how busy your solicitor is and your ability to prioritise your case with him/her; if you do decide to seek a solicitor.
The days each district court sits can be found here
e.g. district court 1, Buncrana has Civil Jurisdiction: Scheduled sitting days on the Second Thursday in each month at 10.30 a.m.
&Fourth Tuesday in each month at 10.30 a.m. A phone call to the local district office may shed further light as to whther family law hearings have a specific time in the day here.
A minimum of 21 days notice is required notifying the mother of the scheduled hearing date and time. Therefore, in theory, with a solicitor who can turn it around quick and if the date of hearings fall right it could be done within 4 weeks.
Of course emergency applications to the court can also be turned around in a couple of days by a good solicitor.
I'm not too fond of Con Pendred's value judgement on the quality of parenting, rather than guardianship, by an unmarried father being important in child removal cases. As the recent Supreme court case in which an unmarried father's 3 children were snatched to england by the mother shows, the quality of his parenting wasn't in question; it was his lack of legal guardianship that made the children snatching legal.
A joint custody agreement has no bearing on guardianship.
Access, Custody and Guardianship are related but separate matters. Guardianship is the legal relationship between a parent and child whereas custody governs the living arrangements while access governs the contact a child has with the parent they do not live with.
Joint Custody is quite rare without having the rider “with main care and residence to the mother”.
Also, Joint Custody, even in the shared parenting 50%/50% style, does not have any bearing on Guardianship, which is automatic for married fathers, or can be granted by either the court or the mother in the case of unmarried parents.
This is now all up for debate shortly and, if the Law Reform Commission gets their recommendations implemented, Guardianship will become Parental Responsibility. They recommend that this new position be granted to single fathers automatically but have not publically admitted that the position will be greatly weakened, as pointed out HERE, and so unmarried fathers will be equal to married fathers but still a long way behind mothers.
I have applied 3 times , refused 3 times without any sworn evidence heard.
Sorry to jump in on your thread OP but just wondering- if a couple sign the document above in the company of a Peace Commissioner- is that it then?? Does the document need to be lodged somewhere or anything?
My partner and I are due our first baby this year and I want to sort out Guardianship for him asap after the birth...
Wish they would change the law in this area so it wouldn't be so much hassle for fathers- can't imagine not having automatic guardianship rights to my child!
There is no central registration for these documents which leaves a father in a difficult position if he loses the declaration and you fall out in the future and separate. Advise him to make a number of copies (3?) and leave them with a relative, his solicitor etc.
Best bet is to marry you. This is not from some moral point but for him to be recognised as a father to his child. As a married father, he is granted constitutional rights where his Guardianship is granted automatically and cannot be taken away whereas a Statutory Declaration can be reversed by the Courts. He can always get divorced but will remain a Guardian.
Single fathers, even living with the mother of their children for years, have NO RIGHTS WHATSOEVER. Whatever rights they are given by the statutory declaration can be taken away and so are not really rights.
Having said that, married fathers are generally ignored anyway. See HERE, HERE and HERE.
...as it regards guardianship...but..in the case where a single mother wants to grant joint guardianship rights to a man who is still married, and neither of her children are naturally his...can this still be done?
Doubt this very much especially if the real dad of the children is still in the picture, also why would she want to do that what if it does not work out with this guy and he now has joint guardianship of HER children
Hi, the two children have different natural fathers, neither of whom have recognised either child or are named on their births certs. My question is more a legal one..can a married (about to divorce) person be awarded joint guardian rights even when still married in Ireland?
Under guardianship law, when at least one guardian is still alive, only parents can be guardians of their children.
See sections 6,7,8 and 9 of this act http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/1964/en/act/pub/0007/index.html