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Family Law

Providing the right Family Law advice for you

Family Law is a delicate area that requires both specific knowledge of the subject area as well as empathy with the clients needs. At Bruen & Co we cover the following specialist areas:

  • Judicial Separation & Divorce – Application for Separation by Court Orders: In Ireland, both judicial separation and divorce are legal processes that allow married couples to formalize their separation. Judicial separation involves applying to the court for a formal decree of separation, which legally recognizes the couple as living apart. This process may involve resolving issues such as property division, custody arrangements, and maintenance payments. Divorce, on the other hand, dissolves the marriage entirely, allowing both parties to remarry. Irish law sets out specific criteria and procedures for both judicial separation and divorce, and legal advice is often sought to navigate these processes effectively.
  • Separation Agreement – Advice on best approach to amicable Separation: A separation agreement is a legally binding document that outlines the terms of separation between a married couple who have decided to live apart. In Ireland, couples can choose to negotiate and draft a separation agreement without going through the courts. This document typically covers issues such as property division, custody arrangements, and financial support. Seeking legal advice during the negotiation and drafting process is crucial to ensure that the agreement is fair and enforceable.
  • Guardianship, Access, Custody, Maintenance Applications: In matters involving children, such as guardianship, access, custody, and maintenance, Irish law prioritizes the best interests of the child. Guardianship refers to the legal rights and responsibilities of parents in making important decisions about their child’s upbringing. Access and custody arrangements determine how much time a child spends with each parent. Maintenance involves financial support provided by one parent to the other for the benefit of the child. Legal applications may be necessary to establish or modify these arrangements, and legal advice helps ensure that the child’s welfare remains paramount.
  • Childcare Applications – Care Orders, Interim Care Orders and Supervision Orders: Childcare applications in Ireland involve legal proceedings aimed at safeguarding the welfare of children who may be at risk or in need of protection. Care orders, interim care orders, and supervision orders are court orders that may be sought by social services or concerned parties to ensure the safety and well-being of children in difficult circumstances. These orders grant specific powers to intervene in the child’s life, such as placing them in foster care or providing support services to the family.
  • Domestic Violence Applications – District Court Applications for Protection Orders, Safety Orders and Barring Orders: Domestic violence is a serious issue in Ireland, and legal mechanisms are in place to protect victims and prevent further harm. Victims of domestic violence can seek protection through the courts by applying for protection orders, safety orders or barring orders. These court orders restrict the abusive partner’s behaviour, such as prohibiting contact or barring them from the family home. Legal assistance is often crucial for victims to navigate the application process and ensure their safety.
  • Pre Nuptial Agreements – Advice on pre marriage agreements: Pre-nuptial agreements, also known as pre-marriage agreements or prenups, are legal contracts made between couples before they marry. These agreements typically outline how assets and finances will be divided in the event of divorce or separation. While prenups are not as common in Ireland as in some other countries, they are recognized and enforceable under certain conditions. Seeking legal advice when considering a prenuptial agreement helps ensure that the agreement is fair, valid, and legally binding.

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