Civil Partnerships & Co-Habitation


The Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act, 2010 introduced a registration scheme for same-sex couples co-habiting couples in January, 2011.

Civil partners will have the most of the same rights and responsibilities as a married couple.  However, civil partnership is different to civil marriage and the law did not change on issues relating to children, such as guardianship, adoption, custody, access or maintenance.

Under this new Act, a qualifying cohabitee can apply to the Courts for financial orders similar to those granted during a divorce or judicial separation.

To qualify as a “cohabitant” you must meet certain criteria. The Act does allow couples to enter what’s known as a Cohabitants’ Agreement which is a legal agreement setting out rights in advance and is a form of protection.

At Geraghty & Co., Solicitors we have extensive experience in dealing with all family law matters and we would be delighted to advise you in respect of civil partnerships and co-habitation. If you have any query in respect of this or any other legal matter of which we can be of assistance, please contact us herein by phone on 091-565258 or email us at enquires@geraghty.ie or use the ‘Contact Us’  section of our website.