We understand that martial or relationship breakdown is a very difficult time for the parties involved and we aim to guide our clients through the process in a friendly and sensitive manner.
Our main objective in any family law case is to avoid protracted litigation as well as the burden of legal fees.
We provide advice in the following areas of family law:
A separation Agreement is a written legal document which sets out the terms of separation between the parties and avoids the need to go to court. Alternatively such agreements may be used by setting out the terms of separation pending a judicial separation and/or divorce.
Judicial Separation/Divorce/Civil Partnerships
If you have been separated for more than one year then you may apply to the Circuit Court or High Court for a judicial separation.
If you have been separated for more than four years then you may apply to the Circuit Court or High Court for a divorce. Following a decree of divorce each of the parties are free to re-marry.
We also can provide advice to clients involved in a civil partnership and who are seeking dissolution.
We act on behalf of parents in settling disputes concerning custody, access and guardianship of their children.
We act in such cases for other members of the family such as grandparents, siblings and persons in loco parentis of children.
Ancillary issues such as the maintenance of spouses, children and civil partners will inevitably arise following a relationship or marital breakdown and we can guide you through this process in a fast and effective way.
We act and provide advice in all areas pertaining to domestic violence and we can assist our clients in the following areas:
• Protection Order – Orders the respondent not to threaten or use violence or put the applicant or any dependent person in fear. These orders are obtained on a temporary and often emergency basis pending a hearing of the matter for which a safety order or barring order is sought.
• Safety Order – orders the respondent not to use or threaten to use violence or put the applicant or any dependent person in fear. These orders can last up to 5 years and can be enforced by the Gardaí. Several categories of persons can apply for a Safety Order such as spouses, cohabitants, siblings and parents of an adult child.
• Barring Order – an order which directs the respondent to leave the residence where the applicant lives. Such orders can also order that the respondent not use or threaten to use violence or put the applicant or any dependent person in fear. Spouses, former spouses and cohabitants can apply for barring orders.