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Divorce Referendum expected in 2018

Under current Divorce Law in Ireland separated couples must be living apart for four years out of the preceding five before initiating Divorce proceedings.


Last year Fine Gael TD and Solicitor, Josepha Madigan proposed by way of Private Members Bill the reduction in waiting time for a Divorce from four years to two years. This proposal was accepted by the Government; however such change can only be made by Constitutional Referendum.


Ms. Madigan has confirmed having recently spoken with Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, on this matter and it is hoped that such a Referendum can take place in November 2018.

It is now 20 years since Divorce was introduced in Ireland under the Family Law (Divorce) Act 1996, following a Constitutional Referendum at that time.

Divorce rates dropped during the economic recession, however the number of Divorce Applications to the Courts has been rising slowly in recent times.

If you require any further information on Divorce in Ireland please contact Mary Cashin Solicitor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Sheila Lynch Solicitor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of Cashin & Associates 

15 September 2017


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