Gay married couples could get Irish divorce

Gay couples who have married abroad but are living in Ireland may be able to divorce here under the terms of a new EU regulation.

19th March, 2005

The Brussels II-bis directive aims to create a common judicial area throughout the EUin the field of family law.The regulation restates the rightof EU citizens to divorce in any EU state (except Denmark) and introduces stricter rules on child abduction. But sol icitor Geof frey Shannon, Ireland's representative on the Commission on European Family Law, said the regulation would go further than just mutual recognition of court orders. “It is quite clear that Brussels II-bis...

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