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Poll: Should the waiting time for a divorce be reduced?

A referendum on the waiting time is likely to be held next year.

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IT IS LOOKING likely that a referendum on divorce will be held next year.

Divorce was made legal in Ireland in 1996 following a referendum in 1995.

Currently, a couple must have lived apart for four years out of the preceding five before they can initiate divorce proceedings.

However, the government has accepted Fine Gael’s Josepha Madigan’s proposals to reduce the waiting time to two years.

Divorce rates dropped during the recession but are on the rise again as the country sees an economic boost. Reducing the waiting time will have the effect of making it easier to get a divorce.

But do you think two years is too short a time?

Today we’re asking: Should the waiting time for a divorce be reduced from four years to two?

Poll Results:

Yes (10434)
No (1543)
Don't know (322)

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Cormac Fitzgerald

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