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3 Steps Needed to Reduce Family Court Delays

Couples who are separating or divorcing can face long family court delays – up to one year in some areas. That’s according to statistics from the Court Service. Families in Wexford, Tullamore and Dundalk have faced delays of 24 to 52 weeks for a hearing (read more here). But these families also face further delays before they can even apply to court.  Couples are legally required to wait one year …Read More

Easing the trauma of divorce in family law courts

Cutting the compulsory 4-year wait time for a divorce in Ireland in half would be a welcome change for families facing marital breakdown. It could help many couples avoid going through a legal separation process, in addition to divorce proceedings – which can involve going through the family law courts twice over. However, this change will take time. In the meantime I believe there are many steps which our government …Read More

How 2-year divorce will help separating couples

Since divorce was introduced in Ireland in 1996, there has always a compulsory waiting time of 4 years before proceedings for divorce could begin after a couple separated.  Now there is a proposal from Josepha Madigan TD to reduce the waiting time for Divorce in Ireland from 4 years, and introduce 2-year divorce. Such a change will require an amendment to the Constitution, but the reduction in the waiting time …Read More

January – a time for change…..and a time to divorce?

I can say without any doubt that throughout my many years of practice, January has traditionally been the month when the number of enquiries about divorce peaks. In the short days after Christmas, I see the enquiries coming in through the website, and the first week back to work in January always sees a flood of new appointments.  I believe this happens for two main reasons: Firstly, Christmas can often …Read More

Why schools need policy on dealing with parental separation

The recent Equality Tribunal award of €4,000 against an Irish school for ‘discriminatory’ treatment of a separated father should act as a wake-up call for all schools, when it comes to dealing with parental separation and divorce.   In the case successfully taken to the Equality Tribunal (read more) the separated father who took the case claimed that the school had sided with his estranged wife in withholding information from …Read More

Secrets for a Successful Divorce – the Three C’s:

You may not think the words ‘Divorce’ and ‘successful’ belong in the same sentence, but there are good and bad ways to deal with the breakdown of your relationship, particularly when there are children involved.  Communication, compromise and co-operation lie at the heart of negotiating your way ‘successfully’ through the process: COMMUNICATION Communication is key, and should be prioritised in a number of ways: Communication with your ex-partner/spouse: It is …Read More

First Communion and Confirmation for divorced parents: a how-to guide

  Family occasions can be fraught with difficulties during or after a relationship breakdown. But when your children are involved – and particularly when they are centre stage – the potential for serious tensions shoots right up.  Our advice is to take it step-by-step…follow these tips to help you through:   1.            Put your child and their wishes first. The most important thing is that your child has an enjoyable …Read More

Facebook Do’s and Don’ts during Divorce :

Your Facebook etiquette is probably the last thing on your mind if your relationship and your family is facing a break-up….but it could have a serious impact on the outcome if you aren’t careful.  You may think of your Facebook or Twitter primarily as a way of talking to and keeping in touch with friends.  Don’t forget that what we post may be totally public, and that it can affect …Read More

5 ways to survive your divorce

There is no easy way through Separation or Divorce but with a little thought and planning, you can make things a little easier. Here are 5 ways to help you through: Stay out of court! If at all possible, try to keep your separation or divorce proceedings out of the courtroom by exploring all the alternatives such as mediation or collaborative family law. It costs more to go to court, …Read More

3 ways to make Christmas easier for separated families:

Christmas is a hectic time of year for any parents, but it can carry extra stresses and strains for parents who are separated or divorced.  Despite the challenges involved, there are steps you can take to make things a little easier: 1.            Keep Children Top of the Agenda:  it’s their time. Where possible they should have contact with both parents and share the experience of Christmas period with both Mum …Read More