PAUL KENT / Reuters IRELAND’S new divorce law is the latest in a string of moves by the state to restrict divorce rights.
It gives married couples the right to seek an annulment in the event of a breakdown in the marriage.
It allows people who live together to divorce without any grounds or proof.
It also allows for mediation or arbitration.
And it requires judges to declare a marriage “void” if one spouse dies.
While the state has been able to impose this law on couples for years, it is the first time it has been passed into law.
But the change could leave some people in limbo and leave others with no choice but to go through with the divorce, experts say.
And that could leave them financially vulnerable.
People who live apart, such as those who have been together for 10 years or more, may be financially isolated, said John Ryan, the chief executive of the Association of Marriage and Family Lawyers.
They may need to find other ways to survive financially.
If you have a large family, you are going to be financially vulnerable in your own right, he said.
If a small family is also financially vulnerable, then the burden on you and your family, particularly in the first year, is going to grow,” he said from his home in County Wicklow.
Ryan said the new law could be a catalyst for people to seek a divorce.”
I think we’re going to see a lot more people seek out this process, and that’s going to cause some real change in the way the divorce process is done,” he told the Irish Independent.
The law could also lead to increased litigation, which Ryan said could lead to more people filing for divorce.
In the past, divorce was usually done by the judges in secret.
Now, it’s common for divorce cases to be heard by a panel of five judges in the Supreme Court, which could mean a more public debate on the matter.
The court could also decide to set aside the annulments that couples already receive in the past.
The new law also allows couples to file as a single entity.