Ireland Referendum Could Loosen ‘Europe’s Strictest Divorce Laws’

by admin on May 21, 2019

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Ireland will vote Friday in a referendum whether or not they want to loosen what has been called “Europe’s strictest divorce laws”.

Under Irish divorce laws, which are codified in the country’s constitution, a person can only apply for a divorce if he or she has lived separately from their spouse for four out of the last five years.

Spouses in an abusive marriage are also not afforded any exceptions from the mandatory four year separation period.

Under Thailand divorce law, uncontested divorces can be handled at a local district office. Contested divorces, on the other hand, are handled in Thai courts.

Over 118,000 Irish people are said to be in separated marriages.

Many of those separated spouses argue that the mandatory waiting period for a divorce places unnecessary stress on their families and emotional well-being as well as a huge financial burden on pocketbooks.

The May 24th vote will ask Irish voters whether they approve getting rid of the four-year waiting period laid out in the country’s constitution.

If the separation period is struck down by voters, the Irish parliament will decide on the appropriate waiting period for divorcing couples.

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