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Separation and Divorce Issues

Family breakdown is a traumatic life event with far-reaching consequences: personal, legal, financial and in the workplace. Being properly informed about current legal rules and practice is essential for those going through the process and those hoping to support them.

Aim: Achieve a practical overview of key legal issues facing families during and following separation and/or divorce

  • On completion participants will be able to:*
  • Give an overview of the basic laws governing separation, annulment and divorce
  • Highlight the key differences between rights/obligations in families based on marriage and in non-marital families
  • Identify key post-separation and/or divorce issues
  • Outline some practical preliminary steps to take when in a potential family or relationship breakdown situation
  • Identify pros and cons of mediation, counselling, do-it-yourself divorces and collaborative family law practice
  • Specify of child and spousal maintenance obligations
  • Indicate how to resolve issues regarding children, guardianship, custody/access
  • Synopsise property, inheritance and family home rights
  • Outline common misconceptions and pitfalls in this area
  • Suggest practical pre-emptive steps for cohabitees to reduce difficulties on potential future separation.
  • Assess legal options for tackling violence in the home
  • Highlight recent landmark case law
  • Refer to relevant advisory, information and support agencies
  • Identify referral options to address any ancillary difficulties contributing to or arising from the relationship breakdown.

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Coming Up

A Public Information Presentation entitled ‘Making a Will won’t kill you’ is to take place in Beara, County Cork at Eyeries National School at 7.30pm on Tuesday 23 February 2016. Hosted by Eyeries NS Parents’ Association and delivered by Anne O’Carroll of Cascade Training Consultancy, this jargon-free presentation gives practical tips on how to make a will, what happens if you don’t and how best to provide for your loved ones, avail of tax breaks and ensure peace of mind. This event is a fund-raiser for the school and is open to all, but parents of young children or other dependents are particularly encouraged to attend. There will be a Question & Answer session afterwards and handouts will be provided.

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Health Service Executive (HSE)

Well-presented course. Facilitators were knowledgeable, good examples, and were fun. Thank you. Really enjoyed the day – has made me think more about how I talk with people who do not speak English. Has given me very useful tips that I can use in profession/job.

Day went very fast. Helps to refocus on what is required by me to improve my communication with non-native speakers in our staff. Really helpful! A great day. Enjoyable and worthwhile; an eye-opener.

Very effective at promoting awareness of our presumptions about another’s understanding.’ ‘Extremely important to all front-line staff.

Course would be highly relevant for all admin/reception staff as well as all professional grades. Examples and comparisons helped to relate the specific skills to real life. Especially like the diversity of activity – lots of interactive exercises. Well done – a lot packed in.

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