Season of Strife

The festive season may be here, but for some Irish families it's not as joyous as it should be adding stress, financial strain and misery.

27th November, 2004

Tussling over the turkey? Brawling over the brandy butter? Wrestling over the wrapping paper? Christmas can be a time of conflict for many families.

The post-Christmas period is the busiest time of year for family lawyers as couples buckle under the pressure of being thrown together for relatively lengthy periods. Christmas parties fuelled by excess alcohol, financial strain and stressful family reunions can be a recipe for rows.

Family law solicitors report a marked increase...

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