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Divorce in Ireland

A couple can only apply for a divorce in Ireland when they have been living apart from one another for two of the last three years.

While not necessary, many couples regulate matters first by through a

i) separation agreement or a

ii) judicial separation.

In many cases the parties have resolved their issues at the separation stage and the application for a divorce can be more straightforward. A divorce can only be granted by a Court and cannot be concluded between the parties as is the case with a Deed of Separation.

Rules Of Getting A Divorce In Ireland


You must live apart


You must live in Ireland


You accept that you will not be getting back together


Arrangements made for any dependent member of the family

There are also many cases where the parties did not formalise their separation at all and are therefore attending to the issues surrounding separation for the first time. For all divorces therefore proceedings have to be issued, again in either the Circuit Family Court or the High Court.

The Court can grant all the same Orders as in a Judicial Separation such as Orders in relation to property, maintenance, lump sums, pensions and access. Frequently clients query whether they can revisit a legal separation. The answer is it depends.

The Court has an obligation when granting a divorce to satisfy itself that proper provision exists for both parties and this may involve amending the terms of an agreement entered into by the parties at separation.

Why choose Tallans to help with your Divorce?

At Tallans Solicitors, we have substantial experience in all aspects of family law. Over the years we have helped hundreds of our clients to resolve difficult situations affecting their families. Our highly skilled solicitors, specialists in the area of family law, have built up a large and successful reputation in this area.

Above all, in dealing with issues of family law we:

  • Act with understanding and empathy
  • Ensure the highest level of confidentially
  • Seek the most amicable arrangement
  • Aim to resolve the matter outside of the courts

If you need any help, please call us today. The law is there to support you.

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