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My Top 5 Tips for using Social Media when going through a Divorce or family law dispute:

Most of us are so used to using social media that we sometimes forget what we post is essentially public, and that it can affect how others see us. It’s particularly important to bear this in mind if you are going through divorce, separation, access, custody or maintenance disputes in the family law courts because how your behaviour is perceived could affect key decisions. Here’s a short guide to some …Read More

How much maintenance will I have to pay?

Many people understandably believe that there are standard levels of payment for maintenance in Ireland. But they are wrong….In reality, there is no fixed rule in the State, to determine an appropriate figure for maintenance payments. Under Irish law, there are two types of maintenance you may be legally obliged to pay after separation or divorce: spousal maintenance and dependent child maintenance. Spousal maintenance relates to the obligation which each …Read More

Life after separation – doing things by agreement gives you more control

To deal with life after Separation, it is helpful for the parties to set down some basic guidelines and rules for how they will live and deal with each other in the future. This is the purpose of a “Separation Agreement”. A basic Separation Agreement will acknowledge and accept that the marriage has broken down, and that the parties will no longer live together. The most important thing the Agreement …Read More

Maintenance in Ireland: A Brief Guide

After separation or divorce, there is a legal obligation under Irish law, to support your spouse/civil partner or children.   This doesn’t automatically have to be settled by a court, and you can reach agreement through Mediation or Collaborative Law – two methods I fully endorse (see more below).  There are two possible types of maintenance in Ireland spousal maintenance and dependent child maintenance. Spousal maintenance relates to the obligation which …Read More