Separation, divorce and dissolution

Legal options following marital breakdown
An introduction to the legal options following marital breakdown.

Family mediation for separating couples
Family mediation can help separating couples co-operate with each other to work out mutually acceptable arrangements. Find out more about the mediation process, how it works and how to access it.

Separation agreements
Married couples and civil partners that agree to live separately may enter into a separation agreement. Find out what this means and why this is legally binding.

Judicial separation
Applications for a judicial separation in Ireland are made to the court. Find out what a judicial separation means, how to apply for it and how it works.

Getting a divorce in Ireland
A divorce decree allows both parties to a marriage to remarry. However, special conditions must be met before a court can grant a divorce.

Dissolution decrees
A dissolution decree formally ends a civil partnership. Special conditions must be met, however, before a court can grant a dissolution.

Factors considered by a court in a separation/divorce/dissolution
What are the factors considered by a court in making ancillary orders in an application for a decree of judicial separation, divorce or dissolution?

Maintenance orders and agreements
Explanation of procedures involved in an application for a maintenance order.

Family and shared homes
What is considered to be a family or shared home? Find out the orders that can be made by the courts in relation to the family or shared home.

How pensions are assessed during a separation, divorce and dissolution
When you end a relationship by judicial separation, divorce or dissolution, the court can decide to share your pension with your former partner and (or) any dependent children. This is called a pension adjustment order.

Succession rights following a separation/divorce/dissolution
Succession rights are governed by law. Find out how separation, divorce or dissolution affects your succession rights.

Separation and divorce: children
Information on the implications for guardianship, custody and access to children following separation and divorce.

Presumption of paternity
Explanation of the presumption of paternity in marital and non-marital situations and the repercussions of this rule on children's rights to inheritance and maintenance.

Maintenance and Tax
This document discusses the tax treatment of maintenance payments made by one spouse to another.
This document is in: Income tax credits and reliefs

Separation, divorce and income tax credits and reliefs
A change in your personal circumstances following separation or divorce may have implications for how you are taxed. A description of how income and maintenance is taxed after separation or divorce.
This document is in: Income tax credits and reliefs

Capital taxes following separation, divorce or dissolution
How capital taxes apply in the case of separation, divorce or dissolution, including capital gains tax, capital acquisitions tax and stamp duty.
This document is in: Capital taxes