At present, prenuptial agreements are not binding in Irish law with settlements at the discretion of judges as part of divorce proceedings.
JUSTICE MINISTER ALAN Shatter say his department will be considering
the legal position of prenuptial agreements as part of legal reforms.
At present, prenuptial agreements are not binding in Irish law with
settlements at the discretion of judges as part of divorce proceedings.
The minister however has confirmed that the issue is to be considered
as part of a legal review. This will include addressing issues
concerning the making of pension adjustments following separation and
A spokesperson for the department says that a major priority is in
looking at the constitutional issues relating to the establishment of an
integrated family court system.
The Government is also expected to publish the draft Children and
Family Relationships Bill before Christmas which will aim to reform laws
on guardianship, custody of and access to children.
A number of gaps in the law surrounding parentage in surrogacy cases have also been exposed by recent court cases and these are also expected to be addressed by the forthcoming bill.