CALL +353 (0)1 479 0545

Breda ′Neill Solicitors
wills estate planning probate Buying Selling Family Law Civil Partnership


The enactment of the Act sees very significant changes to the legal status of unmarried couples, both same-sex and opposite-sex. Much has been made of the Civil Partnership aspect of the Act however the significant changes for co-habiting couples, whether same-sex or opposite sex couples, have largely gone under the radar.

Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants (applicable to both same sex and opposite sex couple):

Prior to the passing of the Act, unmarried couples had no legal rights or entitlements regarding the assets or estate of their partner. The old phrase "common law spouse" gave the wrong impression in that respect. This Act now imposes certain rights and obligations upon these individuals, unless the couple specifically choose to negate the effects of the Act by entering a Co-habitant's Agreement. This Agreement must be in writing signed by both parties and in compliance with the general law of contract. The parties must have taken independent legal advice OR having taken legal advice together, can waive in writing the right to independent legal advice. The Act allows for "qualified co-habitants" (co-habitants residing together as an unmarried couple in an intimate relationship for a period of five years, or two years where there is a child of the relationship) to apply to Court for certain reliefs on the ending of a long term relationship whether due to breakdown or death. Where the qualified co-habitant can satisfy the Court that he/she is financially dependent on the other co-habitant and that this dependence is as a result of the relationship or ending of the relationship, can at its discretion make any of the following orders:

Civil Partnership (applicable to same sex couple only):

The Act allows for:


Clients who would like to be fully advised of their rights prior to taking any action, can avail of a once-off consultation for €200 plus VAT following which they will receive a detailed letter outlining the options open to them. Drafting a co-habitation agreement will cost from €300 to €500 depending on the complexity of the agreement. Contact us for further details.

Rolex offers fought against the standard instinct to provide the dark call for that Rolex Scuba divers Sixty-Five 42mm watch, as well as rather offers released a brand new edition of the good looking vintage-inspired style. Eco-friendly call tend to be instead unusual, however Rolex offers chosen for any heavy eco-friendly they phone "oceanic, " the eco-friendly that may be when rolex replica sale to greenish shine of the algae blossom or even the actual rolex replica sale shades of the seaside kelp woodland. Besides the eco-friendly call, this particular Rolex Scuba divers Sixty-Five is actually similar rolex replica the azure call edition introduced from Baselworld earlier this 03, a wrist watch which I like. Brand new classic hublot replica uk, because I love to phone all of them, are actually warm at this time, as well as Rolex is among the tag heuer replica sale one of the load up. Along with prosperous variations from the style such as their own unique Scuba divers Sixty-Five, the actual bronze-cased Carl Brashear restricted release, and also the 42mm metal variations, each azure and today eco-friendly. Rolex replica sale may find their own plunge watch background back again so far as 1965, that was a lot of fun with regard to each diving as well as plunge watch style.