Married couples

How marriage changes your legal status
Marriage has many far-reaching legal consequences. There are various areas of your life in which being married will affect your entitlements and obligations.

Guardianship status of fathers
A father who is married to the mother of his child has automatic guardianship rights of his child. Unmarried fathers do not have automatic rights.

Marital status and inheritance
Describes the issues relating to inheritance in marriage.

Marital status and social welfare entitlements
In certain situations, married couples in Ireland may be entitled to certain social welfare benefits not available to unmarried people. Find out more information and where to apply.

Taxation of married people and civil partners
There are three ways in which you can be taxed as a married person. Explore the options and find out how to apply.
This document is in: Income tax

Becoming an Irish citizen through marriage or civil partnership
If you are a non-Irish national who is married to or in a civil partnership with an Irish citizen, you may be able to become an Irish citizen if you fulfil certain conditions.
This document is in: Irish citizenship

Residence rights of family members
Foreign nationals who move to Ireland may be entitled to bring their family to live with them.
This document is in: Rights of residence in Ireland

Dependant/Partner/Spouse Employment Permit
Details of the arrangements to give access to employment for spouses, partners and dependants of non-EEA nationals who are holders of Critical Skills Employment Permits and researchers.
This document is in: Employment permits