A Short Guide to Divorce Law in Ireland: A survival handbook for the family is Published today.
The author Helen Collins who is a solicitor from Skibbereen will be interviewed on today’s RTE’s Morning Edition and the Sean Moncreiff show.
Divorce can be one of the most stressful events in one's life and although Ireland has the second lowest divorce rate in the EU the number of divorces granted by the Circuit Court and the High Court increased in 2012 to 2,892
ISBN 978-190900-593-8, €14.95, Softback, 198 x 129mm, 104pp, 2014, Cork University Press.
This handbook by Skibbereen solicitor Helen Collins shows you what to expect when your relationship with your partner breaks down. It will act as a signpost to the reader through this devastating time. It contains accessible legal information on separation, divorce, civil partnership, cohabitation, mediation and collaborative practice and the general view of the Courts on these matters.
A Short Guide to Divorce Law in Ireland is intended to support the reader in understanding the powerful forces at play in the family when the relationship breaks down and thereby supporting the family to make better healthier decisions for themselves. It informs the reader of the applicable law and encourages and empowers the reader to make good decisions in choosing their legal representation and support.
Breakdown of a relationship or marriage -the bereavement process
Your needs -where to live; your family home and the law
The children - how do you tell the children about the separation?
Choosing your lawyer - who do you want as your family lawyer? (‘family’ is the important word)
Family-focused options - do you want to go to court?
Urgent court applications
Court applications if agreement cannot be reached
A new girlfriend/boyfriend -where do I stand now?
My child is in trouble
Formalising separation/divorce - what do I need to do in terms of the law?
Going forwards – building a new life
Blended families – here to stay
A Short Guide to Divorce Law in Ireland also includes the Top ten tips to hang on your fridge, a list of support organisations and registered bodies, indications of costs and a directory of collaboratively trained lawyers.
Helen Collins is a Solicitor in Skibbereen. She is a founding member of the Association of Collaborative Practitioners and is the West Cork Bar Association Representative of the Counsel of the Law Society of Ireland.
A Short Guide to Divorce Law in Ireland will be launched on March 12 by Alan Shatter TD Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence at the Bar Council of Ireland and will also be launched in UCC later this month.