Court Separation

This section covers legal issues relating to the various ways that the Courts can adjudicate on the issue of Separation. If a couple cannot agree the terms of a separation / divorce, the Courts have to intervene to pass judgement and make provision for maintenance, childrens’ education, and so on.


It is only a Court in this jurisdiction that can grant a Decree of Divorce.

Before a Court can grant a Decree of Divorce in Ireland, the following conditions must be met:

  • The parties must have been living apart from one another for a period amounting to two out of the previous three years before the Application is made.
  • There must be no reasonable prospect for reconciliation.
  • Proper arrangements must have been made or will be made for the Spouse and any dependent members of the family such as children of either party and other relatives.

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