The breakdown of a marriage or a relationship can be a traumatic rollercoaster made even worse by uncertainty as to what your rights are and where you stand in the eyes of the Law.
At Clarke Jeffers we will guide you through the legal issues and problems that arise. This is a strictly confidential service and at Clarke Jeffers we will listen to you and set out your options in a clear and practical way.
If a marriage has irretrievably broken down then it is important to regularise your own situation and seek a separation at least in the short term which might later be followed up by a divorce for a number of reasons. One example of this would be that it is difficult for one spouse to attempt to sell property without his or her spouse’s consent if a formal separation or divorce has not taken place. This can apply particularly to a family home. Another example relates to a legal right share. In Irish Law if one spouse dies and no formal separation or divorce has taken place then the other spouse is entitled to take up to anywhere between one third to the entire estate of the deceased under a legal right share.
If at all possible it is better to avoid court which can be expensive and drawn out. A court hearing will be heard in private but things might be said that cannot be unsaid. You should bear in mind that if you and your spouse have children you will always be linked for the rest of your lives.
Specialist areas include:
• Separation agreements
• Judicial separation
• Matrimonial property
• Protection/barring/safety orders
• Co-habitation agreements
• Enforcement of maintenance orders outside Ireland
• Relocation cases
• Proper provision
• Civil Partnerships