Divorce Rules

  • Either of the spouses is domiciled in the Republic of Ireland on the date of the commencement of Divorce proceedings, or either of the spouses has lived in the Republic of Ireland for a year before commencing Divorce proceedings.
  • The Divorce Act requires that you must have lived apart from your spouse for a period, or periods amounting to, at least four years during the previous five years. This does not necessarily mean that you have had to live in separate homes.
  • There is no reasonable prospect of reconciliation between the spouses.
  • Both spouses and children (if any) be properly and adequately provided for.

If these conditions are met either spouse to a marriage may apply to Court for a Decree of Divorce. If it is satisfied that these conditions are met the Court will grant a Decree of Divorce dissolving the marriage. See Court Considerations for the matters that a Court can take into account in making its decision.