Republic of Ireland Law
Republic of Ireland Law Questions Answered by Experts
1. What age(s) are any children of the relationship? Do they live in the house?
2. The bot***** *****ne is that you have to contribute to providing a house for the two girls until they are 18, whether you like it or not. Essentially, the court on the legal separation application made yourself and your wife equally liable for this by dividing the mortgage repayments 50:50 between you. I don't see a court changing this view should you get a divorce. However, the one thing that can change is if you can point to it being cheaper to rent for them to live in, or by downsizing. However, there must be some strong economic argument for this. Courts generally cleave to the status quo. So you will need some strongly backed evidence to change the current set up, I regret to say.
3. Any change in circumstances is grounds for some sort of change. But be aware that these changes will be minor, as you will still be expected to pay for your childrens' home in part. The issue of the house going to full payment mortgage repayments raises the issue of whether you want to continue to hold an equity interest in the house. Remember if you do not contribute, you will lose some of your ownership stake in the house, as a consequence. The bot***** *****ne is that you are going to be paying for your childrens' home until the youngest is 18. Not necessarily, the end of the mortgage. However, if you don't contribute to full repayment, then you won't be earning any equity in the home as the mortgage is repaid. Finally, remarriage after divorce won't change things dramatically as you will still have to provide a home for your children. There might be some minor adjustment, but it won't be substantial, I regret to say.