Category: Free Insights

  • Surrogacy

    Surrogacy

    At present, surrogacy in Ireland is unregulated. The process currently only permits one parent, the biological parent, to apply to the courts for a parental order. It is presently not possible for both intended parents to be legally recognised as parents of a child born by surrogate. This has created a lack of clarity for…

  • Divorce; Wills and Inherited Assets

    Divorce; Wills and Inherited Assets

    If you are navigating a marriage breakdown, there are a number of significant reasons for obtaining a divorce. Most fundamentally, the right to re-marry. Divorce can provide a more definite sense of finality to, and the ability to move on from, a marriage breakdown. Upon divorce, persons cease to be the spouse of each other…

  • Update on the Enduring Powers of Attorney

    Update on the Enduring Powers of Attorney

    On the 10th May 2023, I wrote an article discussing the changes made to Enduring Powers of Attorney under the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 (see here – https://www.wolfe.ie/assisted-decision-making-capacity-act-2015-part-2/ ). Today, I will give you an update on how things have progressed since then, some six months later. Spoiler alert: it has not been great. To…

  • Impact of divorce on children and Co-parenting worries

    Impact of divorce on children and Co-parenting worries

    Parenting at the best of times is tough but parenting through a divorce can be a lot like learning to ride a bike; difficult at first, but not impossible with a bit of support. For parents who have made the decision to separate, addressing the issue with your children, no matter how young or old,…

  • Transferring the Family Farm

    Transferring the Family Farm

    If you’re keeping up to date with the goings on in Wolfe & Co LLP, you will be aware that Vivienne Ring Conveyancing Partner and I recently attended a meeting and clinic hosted by Teagasc on ‘Transferring the Family Farm’ at the Celtic Ross Hotel in Rosscarbery. The purpose of the meeting and clinic was…

  • Do I need a solicitor for my Divorce and what will it cost?

    Do I need a solicitor for my Divorce and what will it cost?

    When faced with a divorce, there are many things that you will worry about, from your children to your finances to your now uncertain future. Another major worry will be the cost of the separation process. You know money will be tight as the two incomes that have previously jointly supported your household, now need…

  • Gender Equality Referendum

    Gender Equality Referendum

    A referendum on the definition of the family and removing the constitutional reference to a woman’s place being in the home is due to be held in November. A referendum is a national vote on a question about a proposed change to the Constitution. The Irish Constitution is a diverse document. It has, at all…

  • Key amendments to Occupier’s Liability

    Key amendments to Occupier’s Liability

    The Courts and Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2023 was signed into law by the President on 5 July 2023. The Act includes new provisions governing an occupiers’ duty of care under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1995. The part of the Act relevant to occupiers’ liability commenced on 31 July 2023. The new measures have…

  • Coco’s Law – Harassment, Harmful Communications and Related Offences Act

    Coco’s Law – Harassment, Harmful Communications and Related Offences Act

    In May 2023, Minister Simon Harris launched the Threat to Share awareness campaign which aimed to highlight intimate image abuse.  “Intimate Image Abuse” describes the posting of an intimate image online or the sharing it by any other means, without the consent of the person in the image. An intimate image is any type of…

  • G v G -Second bite of the cherry cases

    G v G -Second bite of the cherry cases

    The 2012 Supreme Court case of G versus G is a case that we, as solicitors, constantly have in the forefront of our minds when advising clients going through the divorce process. People impacted by marriage breakdown often struggle to understand the issues and their rights and are not aware of what steps they need…

  • Prenuptial Agreements

    Prenuptial Agreements

    Celebrity gossip such as Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello’s divorce was not something I ever thought would be inspiration for Aislinn’s Articles. However, I was reading into their apparently ironclad prenup and it got me thinking about prenups in Ireland. A prenuptial agreement (prenup for short) is a written agreement signed by both parties in…

  • Mediation

    Mediation

    Mediation is a dispute resolution process which is given special recognition in our civil justice system by the Mediation Act 2017. Mediation can be used to facilitate almost any type of dispute from marital breakdown to boundary disputes to commercial conflict. The mediator is neutral and encourages the parties to cooperate with each other to…