Luke Hanahoe solicitor interviewed on the increase of Divorces in Ireland
According to the Courts Services Annual Report the number of Divorce proceedings being issued by the Courts increased by 29%. This was extensively reported in the media, particularly in the Irish Times and the Journal. This did not come as a surprise to our family law solicitors, as our Family Law Department has seen a marked increase in the number of instructions we are receiving from clients to issue to Divorce Proceedings, since the introduction of 2019 Family Law Act. Our managing partner, Luke Hanahoe, was recently interviewed by Will Faulkner on Midland 103, to explain why he thinks we have seen such an increase in Divorces in Ireland and why he does not think Covid is a factor yet, but that it may have in years to come.
During the interview Luke outlines his belief that societal changes, together changes in legislation, are responsible for the increase. Under the 2019 Family Law Act, the requirement for living separate and apart was reduced from 4 out of the last 5 years, to 2 out of the last 3 years. This coupled with the fact that you still have to live separate and apart for 1 year to obtain a judicial separation, has seen the number of Divorce applications increase and the number of judicial separation applications drop.
Hanahoe and Hanahoe Solicitors are an award winning law firm, with other 40 years experience advising clients on Divorces, Judicial Separations and all aspects of Family Law. With offices in Naas, Maynooth, Portlaoise and Dublin, Hanahoe and Hanahoe offer a national service and represent family law clients from across the country. If you would like to speak to one of our expert family law solicitors please feel free to contact us to arrange an appointment.