Frequently Asked Questions
Information is power. Whether you believe your separation or divorce will be straightforward or complicated, issues and expenses will arise which you did not anticipate. Divorce Resource helps you think through the entire process so you can be confident in your decisions.
What does Divorce Resource do?
We offer a confidential service to help you navigate the emotional and informational overload you may experience as you separate or divorce. You may come to us as an individual or as a couple. Either way, Divorce Resource provides a clear framework for understanding the process of separation and divorce and empowers you to make better-informed decisions in mediation or litigation.
While each party in a separation or divorce will always require the independent advice of a family solicitor regardless of whether mediation or litigation is pursued, we at Divorce Resource believe being well-prepared and clear-headed enables the process of separation and divorce to proceed more calmly and quickly. You will be a more confident client for your solicitor or mediator, which can translate into saving you time, stress and money.
At Divorce Resource, we’re good listeners. We will:
- Listen to you explain your situation
- Guide your expectations about the process
- Explore how to manage the effects of separation and divorce on children
- Explain the pros and cons of mediation and litigation
Divorce Resource is committed to helping you understand what you need to know. We will:
- Explain the legislation relevant to your situation
- Explain what an Affidavit of Means is and why you must have one
- Refer you to a solicitor, financial planner, accountant, counselor, or any other professional who you may need to help you along the way.
What additional services does Divorce Resource offer?
- We can help you complete an in-depth Affidavit of Means to be used with your solicitor or mediator
- Identify strategies for achieving financial and personal goals
- Work directly with professional service providers to ensure a holistic approach is taken to your situation
- Become an active assistant in managing your separation or divorce
We believe Family Law in Ireland is not designed to help separating and divorcing couples get through a difficult and stressful experience in the best way possible. The nature of the legal system is to be adversarial and combative which is precisely what is not helpful.
At Divorce Resource our aim is to work with individuals or couples from the very beginning of their separation. We listen to your questions and address your concerns, providing clear information. The more in control you feel about your situation and options, the better the decisions you will make for yourself and your family. Our goal is to empower you to manage your own process, so that the outcome and any settlement reached reflects your needs and protects all parties.
How does Divorce Resource save you money?
Each time you contact your solicitor, in person or on the telephone, it costs money and can become quite expensive particularly if you have general questions. At Divorce Resource we address your questions and provide information during your initial consultation for a fraction of the cost. This means that when you engage with your solicitor you get better value for money for the time spent. You are a better-prepared client.
Also, many templates for an Affidavit of Means are general and broad. This means that both your and your ex-partner’s solicitor will regularly need more specific information. The flow of emails and letters between solicitors can become expensive because it is time consuming. The template used by Divorce Resource is extremely thorough and comprehensive. By supplying full information to your solicitor from the start you can save significant time and money. You and your solicitor or mediator can focus on negotiating an agreement rather than on paperwork.
Sharon Kinsella has spent 25 years as an International Business Consultant specialising in HR solutions with a focus on corporate social responsibility. She is the former Board Director of the Australian-Irish Chamber of Commerce as well as Chairwoman and Board Director of a number of international NGO’s. Ms Kinsella brings 25 years of practical family law experience in both Australia and Ireland.
Laura Barnes holds a Master of Common Law from UCD Sutherland School of Law and Master of Business Administration from Harvard University. She is a qualified mediator specialising in family mediation and a member of the Mediation Institute of Ireland.
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