Family Law

What is Family Law?

Family law is different from other areas of law given the emotions that are involved. These emotions impact all parties. Knowing where you stand legally when a relationship breaks down is necessary in order to move forward.

At McGuigan Solicitors LLP we are fully aware of how stressful family difficulties can be. We appreciate that at this time our clients need honest and practical legal advice from experienced solicitors. As solicitors, we guide you through the process as we aim to make it as stress free as possible for you.

Where possible, we will attempt to close the matter without going to court but we are ready to fully protect the interests of our clients.

McGuigan Solicitors LLP are experienced solicitors with offices in Cavan and Dublin, Ireland.

What does Family Law cover?

Judicial Separations

When a couple cannot agree the terms by which they will live separately, either party can apply to the court for a decree of judicial separation.
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A decree of divorce dissolves a marriage and allows each party to remarry. Before a court can grant a divorce, there are certain conditions that must be met.
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Guardianship means the rights and duties of parents in respect of the upbringing of their children. Guardians are responsible for the welfare of the child.
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Child Custody & Access

Custody is the right of a parent to exercise physical care and control in respect of the upbringing of his or her child on a day-to-day basis.
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Maintenance is financial support (money) paid by a person for the benefit of a dependent spouse/civil partner and/or dependent children.
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Asset Distribution, Finance & Property Disputes

Disputes can arise in many contexts, including divorce, inheritance, or partnership disputes. In such cases, legal advice can be essential in helping parties understand their legal rights and options for resolving the dispute.
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Our Approach

At McGuigan Solicitors LLP, we recognise the importance of effective communication and understanding, particularly in emotionally charged and intricate cases like Family Law matters. Our seasoned team, adept in this particular area of law, continually refines our services, personalising them to address the unique needs and circumstances inherent in these deeply personal cases.

We create bespoke strategies tailored to navigate the unique challenges of family law, always collaborating with our clients to meet their individual expectations and circumstances. This hands-on approach ensures we’re consistently available, guiding our clients through the emotionally taxing challenges and potential opportunities that arise in their cases. Our partner-led services uphold the highest standards, delivering a unique experience that sensitively guides clients through the intricacies of Family Law cases, always prioritising their emotional wellbeing and the successful resolution of their case.

Áine McGuigan

Our Family Law Specialist

Áine advises clients in relation to all aspects of family law including Separation Agreements, Judicial Separation and Divorce Proceedings. Her approach is to provide step by step guidance and support to clients in achieving the best outcome for them in difficult circumstances Áine can offer sensitive yet sound advice to help guide clients through the financial and legal implications and towards a solution that will allow the parties to move forward with their lives.


To determine if you have a valid family law claim in Ireland, you should consult with a qualified solicitor who specialises in family law. They will review the specifics of your case and provide guidance on the best course of action.

The process for making a family law claim in Ireland can vary depending on the type of claim you are making. In general, it involves filing an application with the relevant court and attending a hearing to present your case. Your solicitor can guide you through the entire process and ensure that your rights are protected.

The time it takes to resolve a family law claim in Ireland can vary depending on the complexity of the case and the specific court in which it is being heard. Some cases may be resolved quickly, while others can take several months or even years. Your solicitor can provide you with an estimate of the timeline based on the specifics of your case.

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