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Divorce in IrelandClient Question:

I separated from my wife two years ago and moved to England to be with my family (I am actually Irish, but many of my family members live in England).  I have decided to divorce my wife which I suspect she will not want to do even though we are no longer together.  I had heard that England was an easier place to get divorced than Ireland but don’t understand the differences.  Could you explain the implications of getting a divorce in England rather than Ireland?


Brookman’s Answer:

Generally speaking, it is quicker to divorce in England than Ireland, although because of the time you have been separated, this is not necessarily so in your particular case. However, because you think that your wife may be reluctant to have a divorce, the process may be more straightforward in England. That is because if you divorce in England on the basis of her unreasonable behaviour or her adultery (if that has been the case) there is really nothing she can do to delay the process and you are likely to get the divorce within about 6 months. I do not know if you have to sort out any financial issues. A significant difference between English law and family law in Ireland is in the treatment of maintenance. In England you can get a clean break settlement of spousal maintenance.

Irish maintenance orders are made for life unless there is a change in circumstances or the payee remarries, but to an extent the Irish courts are more reluctant to make spousal maintenance orders than the English courts.

The English courts tend to approach division on the basis of equality. The Irish courts do not; they prioritise “proper provision” which is not quite the same thing.

Would our divorce be quicker in England than in Ireland?

Date: April 18th, 2014 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

Client Question: I separated from my wife two years ago and moved to England to be with my family (I am actually Irish, but many of my family members live in England).  I have decided to divorce my wife which I suspect she will not want to do even though we are no longer together. … Read the full article

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Date: April 16th, 2014 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

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Date: April 12th, 2014 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

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Am I entitled to a share of my husband’s pension if we divorce?

Date: April 11th, 2014 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

Client Question: My husband and I have been married for 25 years and we are amicably talking about divorcing. We both work and have two children who have grown up and left home.  I always worked, though for some years when the children were young I worked part time.  I have my own pension but… Read the full article

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Date: April 9th, 2014 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

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Date: April 8th, 2014 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) 2013 entered into force in England and Wales on Saturday 29th March 2014. Much publicity was give to this move which puts England ahead of many other countries in the developed world. The media immediately relished the opportunity to show same sex couples in viewing their nuptial festivities. From a… Read the full article

Staying Grounded Through Divorce

Date: April 7th, 2014 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

In the treacherous tides of relationship breakdown, many couples are quick to blame either themselves or the other for the failings of their relationship. Amidst the sea of hurt or anger, it can be tricky to decipher exactly who has the right to divorce who, and on what grounds the divorce can be based. Aside… Read the full article

Our Trial Separation Is Leading To Divorce, What Can I Do?

Date: April 4th, 2014 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

Client Question: My husband and I split up a month ago as a trial separation to see if we could work things out. However, I have now learned that he has filed for divorce which is absolutely not what I want. I have tried to discuss this with him and want us to seek marriage… Read the full article

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin: A very civilised divorce?

Date: April 2nd, 2014 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

On 25th March actress Gwyneth Paltrow and rock star Chris Martin of Coldplay fame announced on Gwyneth’s website in a joint statement that they decided to separate. Gwyneth and Chris have been married for over ten years.  In their statement Gwyneth and Chris described that they hoped to “consciously uncouple”.  This phraseology seems to… Read the full article

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