Some Irish couples are forced to wait for as long as a year before their divorce cases reach the family courts, new figures reveal.
Figures recently released by the country’s Courts Service show that court delays mean divorcing couples in the counties of Wexford, Tullamore and Dundalk are routinely made to wait as long as 52 weeks before their cases come before a judge – at which point the cases may be adjourned to a still later date. The delays are in addition to the four year waiting period already required by Irish law.
Other Irish counties subject to lengthy divorce court delays include Letterkenny and Mullingar, where some couples wait as long as 36 weeks, as well Wicklow and Portaloise, where delays of up to 24 weeks are not uncommon.
The average delay in the capital Dublin is a comparatively short five to 12 weeks.
Such lengthy delays mean the lives of are put “on hold”, said Marion Campbell, and caused considerable personal distress. She told The Irish Times:
“I’ve been doing this game a long, long time now and I have to say, it is the worst it has ever been.”
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