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Family Law

Separation | Access | Maintenance

Family Break-up - Divorce, Separation, Mediation - Julie Breen Solicitor, Enniscorthy, Co. WexfordOne of the most traumatic events in a person's life can be the breakdown of a relationship. Someone going through a relationship breakdown needs practical legal advice from an experienced family law solicitor, because there are quite significant legal and financial issues to deal with - how to divorce, legal separation, custody of children, fathers' rights, housing and finances, to name but a few.

The family in Ireland is changing, and Julie Breen Solicitors in Ferns and Enniscorthy keep up with the changing family and divorce laws in order to give you the best family law advice. We are committed to providing a sensitive and confidential service, and our primary objective is to deal with family law matters as quickly and amicably as possible.

Separation can be achieved in three ways:

Mediation

This is a process that encourages the couple to co-operate with each other to come to a mutually acceptable arrangement. A Mediator can work with the couple to assist them in reaching an amicable agreement that is fair, equitable and workable. This can then form the basis for a Separation Agreement.

 

Separation

A separation agreement is a legal agreement entered into by a separating couple. It aims to set out the terms of settlement of issues such as where the spouse leaving the home will live; finances; access arrangements for children; and how property, assets, investments and pensions will be dealt with. A legal separation agreement can rarely be made without the assistance of a family law solicitor.

Julie Breen Solicitors in Ferns and Enniscorthy try to make this process as painless as possible by providing sound legal advice in relation to the complex issues involved in a legal separation.

 

Divorce

A Decree of Divorce allows both parties in a marriage to re-marry. Divorce in Ireland has been legalised since 1996, when the Family Law Divorce Act 1996 was implemented. Only a Court can grant a Decree of Divorce.

At Julie Breen Solicitors in Ferns and Enniscorthy we strive to get our clients the best and fairest result possible. In this sensitive and difficult situation, we advise our clients in a very practical manner about avoiding any unnecessary conflict and upset, while ensuring that their legal rights are upheld.

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Acccess

When a couple separates, one parent is granted custody and the other is granted access rights. Access addresses such issues as the right to have the child stay overnight - occasionally, on alternate weekends or during school holidays - and the right for parent and child to go on holidays together. Sometimes parents can agree between themselves the arrangements for custody and access to the child, or if agreement cannot be reached then either parent can make an application to the court to decide these issues.

It is always the welfare of the child that is the most important factor in these cases. It is a child's right to see both parents and access rights will only be denied if the court believes that it is not in the best interest of the child. The court can set out the time, place and duration of access visits and can order supervised access where another adult is present during visits if it considers it appropriate.

Julie Breen Solicitors in Ferns and Ennsicorthy can help you work out suitable access arrangements, or we can advise you on applying to court if required.

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Maintenance

In Ireland, parents - whether married or unmarried - have a legal responsibility to maintain dependent children. Spouses / civil partners also have a legal responsibility to maintain each other, in accordance with their means. It is important to note that paying maintenance does not give a parent access or guardianship rights.

Informal agreements regarding maintenance can work well, where both parties are reasonable and fair. However it can be difficult to assess informally how much maintenance should be paid.

At Julie Breen Solicitors in Ferns and Ennsicorthy, we provide legal advice in relation to various factors that the court will take into account when making a maintenance order:

  • Income/earning capacity of the dependent spouse
  • Net income of the earning spouse
  • Minimum requirements of the dependent spouse and children
  • Minimum requirements of the earning spouses
  • Property or other financial resources of both parties
  • Taxation Issues

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Criminal Law

Criminal Law, Personal Injuries, Medical Negligenc - Julie Breen Solicitor, Enniscorthy, Co. WexfordIf you or someone you know are facing prosecution for any kind of criminal offence, or are being asked to answer questions from the Gardai, it is essential to have the advice and support of a specialist criminal law solicitor as early as possible. What you say and do in a Garda interview can have significant impact on any subsequent criminal proceedings, so we provide prompt help, advice and attendance.

At Julie Breen Solicitors in Ferns and Enniscorthy, we are experts in dealing with all types of criminal offence, from road traffic offences to far more serious crimes. We handle all criminal law matters in an efficient, professional and sensitive manner, and we keep our clients informed at every stage. By examining and questioning every decision, from the first stage of a Garda station enquiry through to any subsequent trial and sentence, we work hard to obtain the best possible result for our clients.

 

Personal Injuries

If you have suffered personal injury of any kind - whether it is a workplace accident, a road traffic accident, a fall on a footpath, or any other type of personal injury caused by negligence or breach of duty of others - you may be entitled to claim compensation. All personal injury claims must be made through the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB) initially, and if that does not produce a satisfactory outcome, you can then apply to the Courts for compensation.

At Julie Breen Solicitors in Ferns and Enniscorthy, we can provide you with the advice and expertise you need to pursue personal injuries litigation, from making an application to the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB) right through to the High Court if needed. We provide full and complete advice to ensure that our clients safeguard their rights when they have suffered a personal injury.

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Medical Negligence


Medical negligence or medical malpractice is where the care provided by a professional working in the medical sector deviates from accepted standards of practice, and can lead to physical, emotional and personal trauma as well as significant disability as a result. If you have suffered as a result of what you believe was medical negligence, it is vital that you contact an experienced solicitor as soon as possible. Medical negligence claims are complex, but if a medical professional has breached their call of duty and caused you injury then there is a strong possibility that you have a medical negligence claim.

At Julie Breen Solicitors in Ferns and Enniscorthy, we are experienced in this specialised area of law. The law for medical negligence can be quite complicated, and we will enlist the help of experienced medical personnel to give expert medical opinions on the circumstances of your claim.

 

Commercial Disputes

In any commercial dispute, using the right strategy is vital to a successful outcome. At Julie Breen Solicitors in Ferns and Enniscorthy we work actively with our commercial clients to implement a strategy that is effective, flexible and appropriate to their particular needs. We are always sensitive to the concerns of our client - we recognise that litigation may not always be a satisfactory option, and we also have considerable experience in the areas of mediation and arbitration. Where litigation is necessary to protect our clients' interests, we act efficiently and pro-actively, and can represent clients in all court jurisdictions.