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    I had lunch with a few friends from a solicitor’s office in Dublin.
    They told me the law was changed quietly at the start of the year and now “Common law wife” law applies in Ireland.
    Live with a girl for 5 years (2 years if children) and she is entitled to half your assets.

    You no longer have to marry.

    Further to that, how would a prenuptial agreement stand in court when it would now give a wife fewer rights than a common law wife?
    Simply it wouldn’t

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    Quote Originally Posted by OnlyMe View Post
    I had lunch with a few friends from a solicitor’s office in Dublin.
    They told me the law was changed quietly at the start of the year and now “Common law wife” law applies in Ireland.
    Live with a girl for 5 years (2 years if children) and she is entitled to half your assets.

    You no longer have to marry.

    Further to that, how would a prenuptial agreement stand in court when it would now give a wife fewer rights than a common law wife?
    Simply it wouldn’t
    I am aware of such legislation, I did'nt think it was enacted yet.
    3yrs (with no dependants) and there will be an opt out clause.
    be careful who you believe-some lawyers are very devious people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OnlyMe View Post
    I had lunch with a few friends from a solicitor’s office in Dublin.
    They told me the law was changed quietly at the start of the year and now “Common law wife” law applies in Ireland.
    Live with a girl for 5 years (2 years if children) and she is entitled to half your assets.

    You no longer have to marry.

    Further to that, how would a prenuptial agreement stand in court when it would now give a wife fewer rights than a common law wife?
    Simply it wouldn’t
    Great!!!!! that's all i need to start my weekend of on the right track, thanks (

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    lets be PC here! many guys stand to yield a windfall
    when things sour with their girlfriends?

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    Quote Originally Posted by warmcome View Post
    lets be PC here! many guys stand to yield a windfall
    when things sour with their girlfriends?
    LOL only if they move in with some of the girls on here.

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    I am just coming up to year since my divorce the law has changed but i got a very fair deal from the judge.The time is gone when one or the other is screwed to wall.

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    that could put the wind up as lot of guys, espeically guys wit land/farms!!
    whats the legal position with prenups? i thought they werent worth the paper they written on in ireland

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    Quote Originally Posted by kelso View Post
    that could put the wind up as lot of guys, espeically guys wit land/farms!!
    whats the legal position with prenups? i thought they werent worth the paper they written on in ireland
    or even city dwellers with homes...

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    Quote Originally Posted by warmcome View Post
    or even city dwellers with homes...
    not really, if your in negative equity she wouold have to share that debt?!!!

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    As far as I know a prenuptial in this country is not a legally binding contract.

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