Republic of Ireland Law
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1. Dear Arnie, the first thing you need to do is to enter what is known as an Appearance in the local circuit Court office. This "Entry of appearance" operates as a notice that you want to defend the proceedings. I would advise you to attend at your local County Registrar's office and ask for the Family law pack for divorce. This is a do it yourself kit for getting a divorce. It is geared towards the person applying for divorce. However, the papers can be altered so as to assist you in defending a divorce claim. Whilst you are there you should also ask for a copy of an Entry of Appearance, as this will be what you need first of all. You should then enter your appearance. Then you should prepare a defence in the Family law case. Here you should also ask the County Registrar's office as to whether they have a sample defence. Alternatively, you should amend the papers you were given for applying for a divorce. Finally, do consider getting a solicitor to merely help you with the papers. It is generally worthwhile. YOu don't have to employ them to represent you in court but you can do it on a piece work basis where you pay them for preparing the papers but do the case yourself.
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