When a couple get divorced, their marriage is over. They have no further rights over each other’s property, they have no rights to the other’s estate and they are free to remarry. In order to get a divorce in Ireland:

  • The couple must have lived apart for at least four years during the previous five years
  • There is no reasonable prospect of reconciliation
  • Provision has been made, and the Court deems it proper, for the spouses and any dependent members of the family. The Court will look to the circumstances of each specific case when deciding whether the provisions made are proper

Living Apart

Family law firmIn Ireland, it is not necessary for a couple to live in different houses to be considered ‘living apart’ but if a couple still live in the same house, considerable proof will have to be shown to the Court in order to establish that a couple have been living apart for the necessary time, such as sleeping arrangements, payment of bills and care of any children.

Dependents

Divorce is not based on fault in Ireland and the Court will consider many factors when granting a divorce. If there are dependent children of the marriage, the Court will look to whether they have been provided for and there are agreements in place for their maintenance, custody and any access provisions necessary. The Court will make spousal maintenance orders if necessary and will make orders in relation to property, pensions and any other orders that are deemed necessary to ensure that all parties are properly provided for.

The Court can make Orders known as ancillary reliefs in relation to the following:
  • Custody of and access to the dependent children
  • Maintenance for the dependant spouse and or dependant children
  • The right of residence/ ownership/ transfer/ sale of the family home
  • The ownership/transfer/sale of any other property owned by the couple
  • Life policies and pension
  • Succession rights
The “factors” that the Court will take into account include:
  • The income, earning capacity and financial resources of the couple
  • The standard of living enjoyed by the family
  • The ages of the spouses and length of the marriage
  • The contributions made, through work outside of or within the home to the welfare of the family
  • The conduct of either spouse
  • Accommodation needs of the family

Getting a divorce can be a difficult and stressful time. Please contact Margaret Fortune by email or 051 840001 for confidential and impartial advice or any questions and queries that you may have.

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