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New divorce law has come into effect

The new law to significantly reduce divorce waiting times and further weaken the bonds of marriage, legally speaking, has come into effect [1] this week. The legislation that followed upon the Divorce referendum cuts in half the required waiting period for divorce from four years to two years and removes any need for a waiting time from the Constitution altogether meaning the waiting time can be further reduced in the future. Minister for Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan [2], who shepherded the Government’s campaign in favour of the change in law, celebrated the enactment of the legislation on Newstalk. Speaking to Mark Cagney, she called it a “significant achievement” by all those who campaigned for it and said it reflects “a kindness and understanding” that people have about other people’s situations.

The law took effect on Sunday.