Divorce In Ireland

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Divorce in Ireland: Figures shows significant decrease in Divorce

Divorce, the act of dissolving a legal marriage which  generally allows  the parties to remarry. In regions where ancient religious authority still predominates, divorce can be difficult and uncommon, particularly when, as with Roman Catholics and Hindus, marriage is seen as indissoluble by religious tradition.

Some of the effects associated with divorce include depression and psychological problems. Although this may not always be true, studies suggest that children from divorced families are more likely to exhibit ill behaviour than those from non-divorced families.

In Europe, Ireland appears to be among the list in divorce rate according to statistics in 2018. In Ireland, you can’t divorce unless you were validly married to start with, and the new Divorce law  requires that the couple must have lived apart for at least four of the five years before proceedings are issued. This in my opinion could be one of the reasons why there is a low rate, people are not ready for the long process.

The crude divorce rate in Ireland is 0.6 per cent, according to the Eurostat. The comparable rate for the US and UK is 3.2 and 1.9 per cent respectively; making Ireland the lowest crude divorce rate in Europe.

Could it also be that people don’t even get married as a result of this new law?, or people are just scared of “divorce” in Ireland

Also I interviewed someone here in Ireland who would like to remain anonymous, she said that she and her partner have been living in the same house for seven years as a couple now and they are not legally married. The said that she and her partner believes that once they are been tagged “marred” their relationship is subtle to divorce and they intend to continue living that way.