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Family Law Agreements

Family law agreements outline the rights, responsibilities, and terms for various aspects of a domestic situation such as property ownership, finances, and child-related matters. It’s important to consult with legal experts to ensure your agreements are legally binding, comprehensive, and tailored to the needs of all parties.

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Types of Agreements

At McCarthy + Co, we assist our clients with a broad range of family law related matters, from estate planning to dispute resolution. Part of our work involves drafting legally binding agreements that help you to avoid potentially expensive future court battles. Type of agreements we draft include:

Cohabitation Agreements

Helping unmarried couples put in place legally binding agreements that set out the rights and responsibilities of each party.

Prenuptial Agreements

Helping couples planning to marry in putting together agreements that serve as guides for the courts in judicial separation and divorce cases.

Separation Agreements

Helping both married and unmarried couples put in place legally binding agreements that set out the terms of their separation.

Get Legally Valid Agreements for Peace of Mind

Family law agreements are a wise investment that help protect you and your children’s interests. They are also a far cheaper option compared to court cases when inevitable disputes arise. Our family law solicitors have many years of experience in drafting legally sound documentation.

Contact McCarthy + Co today if you are seeking:

  • Mediation and Guidance Regarding the Process – you may have questions about a certain type of agreement and if it is right for you. Our legal team will be glad to assist.
  • A Thorough Understanding of All Legal Issues – our team are well versed in all aspects of family, property, succession and contract matters. You will get the best legal advice from us.  
  • Objective Guidance – uncertainties or disputes within a family relationship can often be emotionally charged. We will help you navigate the complexities of your relationship and the law with a rational yet compassionate head on.
  • Equitable Distribution of Assets – be confident that the agreement you are entering into is fair for all parties concerned. We will make sure the documentation fairly distributes both financial and non-financial rights and responsibilities.
  • Legally Sound Documentation – free of any errors, inconsistencies, ambiguities, or legal loopholes. Our team will make sure your documentation is watertight.

Family law agreements may seem cold or official when it involves a close family member or a person you love, however, they are a wise investment for anyone seeking to avoid disputes at a future point in life. Contact us today for further information on how we can help you draft the legal documentation you require for your specific situation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Questions we are often asked in relation to divorce & separation.

  • What is a Cohabitation Agreement?

    A Cohabitation Agreement is a legal document for unmarried couples who live together. It outlines their rights and responsibilities regarding finances, property, and other aspects of their relationship. It covers issues such as asset division, financial contributions, and dispute resolution. The agreement helps protect the interests of both parties and provides clarity in case of separation or the end of the relationship. Seeking independent legal advice is recommended before creating a Cohabitation Agreement to ensure fair representation of both individuals.

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  • What is a Prenuptial Agreement?

    A Prenuptial Agreement, also known as a prenup or premarital agreement, is a legal document created by couples before they get married. It outlines the rights and responsibilities of each spouse regarding property, assets, debts, and other financial matters. It specifies how these assets will be divided in the event of a divorce, separation, or death. Prenuptial Agreements can address issues such as spousal support, inheritance, and the division of marital property. They provide clarity and protection for both parties and are commonly used to safeguard individual assets and outline the terms of a potential future dissolution of marriage. Prenuptial Agreements are not binding in a court in Ireland on a subsequent divorce or separation but can be taken into account and are likely to be given varying degrees of weight depending on the circumstances of their creation.

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  • What is a Separation Agreement?

    A Separation Agreement is a legal document used by married or unmarried couples who have decided to separate or divorce. It outlines the terms and conditions of their separation, addressing various aspects such as division of property, child custody, visitation rights, child support, spousal support, and other important matters. The agreement serves as a contract between the parties and helps establish clear guidelines and expectations during the separation period. It aims to facilitate a smooth and amicable separation by outlining the rights and responsibilities of each party and minimising potential conflicts or disputes.

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  • Do I need a lawyer to draft an agreement?

    Not necessarily. You could attempt to write your own agreement or adapt something that you have found on the web. However, this is highly inadvisable as the document may not be considered legally sound if ever you needed to present it to a court of law. Hiring a specialist solicitor with experience in drafting family law agreements is recommended as they will be able to ensure the documents are compliant with Irish law, do not contain any errors or ambiguities, and are fair in terms of the rights & responsibilities of each party, as well as the distribution of assets.

Clíodhna O’Regan

Clíodhna O’Regan

Associate Solicitor

Clíodhna O’Regan leads the family law department at McCarthy + Co. Clíodhna’s educational background includes studying law and European studies at the University of Limerick, even completing a semester in Madrid where she navigated the complexities of law in Spanish.

Clíodhna can be contacted via email at: cliodhna@mccarthy.ie

About McCarthy + Co

McCarthy + Co. are a team of solicitors with more than 30 years of experience in providing legal advice, guidance and assistance to clients across Ireland.

We are a family-run business with offices in Dublin and Cork, but we have dealt with clients everywhere from Galway and Limerick to Waterford. We are honest, plain-speaking and thorough – we will work alongside you to achieve the best possible outcome for your case.

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Flor McCarthy

Flor McCarthy

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wears multiple hats, not only as the managing partner of one of Ireland’s leading law firms, but also as an author, speaker and an acknowledged expert in client service, innovation and marketing.

Beginning his academic journey at UCC, Flor furthered his education with a master’s degree in law from UCD. After gaining valuable experience as a solicitor in Dublin, the allure of home and the family brought him back to West Cork to contribute his expertise to the family business.
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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

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is a seasoned solicitor with almost 20 years of experience, specialises in personal injury and medical negligence claims, focusing particularly on high-value compensation cases. His extensive litigation experience spans Circuit Court, High Court and Supreme Court levels.

John's practice involves a diverse range of cases, from personal injury and wrongful death to property damage, defective products, professional negligence and judicial reviews.
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