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Family Law

Madigans Solicitors are experts in all areas of family law.  We realise that not all family breakdowns are the same and therefore we offer a tailored service for you and your family’s unique set of circumstances.  We know that when a relationship ends it can be a very difficult and emotional time for all involved.  Any person experiencing relationship breakdown should take independent legal advice on the issues effecting their particular circumstances.  We offer practical, realistic and measured advice.


We are advocates of helping clients resolve matters in a practical and appropriate manner.  We believe that families do better when they can settle disputes outside of the Court system through negotiation, mediation or alternative dispute resolution and we will work with you on an approach that best suits your needs.  However, when this is not possible we are fully prepared to bring all matters before the Courts.  We have extensive experience in acting for clients in the District, Circuit and High Courts. 


We are experienced practitioners in all areas of family law and can provide advice in relation to all aspects of your relationship breakdown specifically, in relation to separation agreements, judicial separation, nullity, divorce, dissolution of civil partnerships, co-habitation, pre-nuptial agreements, access, maintenance, childcare, paternity, guardianship, custody, grandparent’s rights, domestic violence and relocation.  We offer advice on all aspects of financial provision, property rights, pension policies and all ancillary reliefs available through the Courts.


Where additional non-law expertise is required we have an extensive network of specialists such as forensic accountants, actuaries, child psychologists, farming experts and property valuers which we can instruct on your behalf.   


We offer realistic, practical and considered advice in relation to all aspects of family law.   


Family law is the common name for a branch of the judicial system which regulates most notably divorce, separation, marriage, adoption, emancipation, and other less prominent aspects of family life, in reference to law.  The second most often employed legal structure under family law is divorce (the first is marriage), and we will set out an overview of the process, to give a brief concept of the procedures involved in this branch of law.


Before a couple can apply for a divorce, they must first have been living apart from one another for at least four of the previous five years. Not only this, there must not be any possibility of reconciliation, and proper arrangements must have been made for other members of the family, particularly dependents.


Because of the first requirement, before two parties can be divorced, they must have attained a Separation Agreement or Judicial Separation - these are further aspects of family law. While Solicitors are not required for divorce, and an applicant can choose to represent him/ herself, it is inadvisable to do so, as complicated factors such as children, taxes, or maintenance can make it difficult to complete a divorce without legal representation. Divorces are final and cannot be reversed.


Adoption requires similar stipulations to be met, as does much of the complicated system of Irish family law.  This makes it advisable to hire a solicitor regardless of what legal action you mean to take.


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