Irish Referendum to Soften Divorce Laws Passes Overwhelmingly

by admin on May 27, 2019

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Irish voters overwhelmingly declared that they wanted to soften their country’s strict divorce laws in a referendum held last week.

The referendum, which passed with 82% support, removes a provision in Ireland’s constitution that requires splitting couples to live separately for four out of the last five years before their divorce can be officially recognized.

With the passage of the referendum, legislators will now have to propose a new provision to the law that loosens standards for divorces.

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According to reports, the Irish parliament is considering reducing the time that a divorcing couple must live separately to two out of the past three years.

The change shows a liberalization away from Ireland’s heavily Catholic past. Divorces became legal in Ireland in 1995 after a narrow referendum victory.

Those who were against the mandatory separation period argued that it was a huge unnecessary emotional and financial burden on families.

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