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Marion Campbell discusses the upcoming divorce referendum on RTE's "Today with Sean O'Rourke" Show

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Today with Sean O'Rourke

Click the following link to listen to Marion Campbell discussing the upcoming Divorce Refrendum on today's RTE show 'Today with Sean O'Rourke' 

Interview can be located at 23 minutes on the podcast 




Under the current regime the Constitution only allows divorce where spouses have lived apart for four years out of the previous five, and this can only be changed by having a public vote.

A 'Yes' vote in the referendum would mean that the Oireachtas will decide the time period for divorce and current ministers want to shorten the waiting period from four years to two.

Ireland is one of the few countries in Europe with a two-stage divorce process.

The separation stage comes first, after a year of relationship breakdown, a divorce requires that the couple is separated for four out of the previous five years.

Concerns have been raised about putting the time period in the hands of the Oireachtas with some saying it may open the doors to so called 'quickie divorces' in the future.

Director of the Iona Institute David Quinn says getting out of a marriage should not be made quick and easy because of the legal commitment couples enter into. 

However, legal experts in the area say that four years is too long to wait and draws out the process for couples already under stress.