Divorces granted in most EU member states are generally automatically recognised in Ireland. If a foreign divorce is not automatically recognised then an application to an Irish Court may be needed to declare that the divorce order and terms made abroad will be legally recognised and enforceable in Ireland.
Under EU Law – Brussels 11 bis Reg. No. 2201/2003 if a court application for separation/divorce is properly made in a Member State then the Courts of that country are entitled to hear the case even if the other spouse would prefer the case was dealt with in another Member State.
If you have a foreign divorce, are considering a foreign divorce or are married to someone who may initiate divorce proceedings outside of Ireland then prompt legal advice is recommended.
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