Circuit Court Information

Divorce proceedings may be brought in the High Court or more commonly in the Circuit Court. The information on this page pertains to the Circuit Court only.

Each Circuit Court differs slightly in their practices and in what they require. They also vary in the time it takes to process divorce applications, with some taking significantly longer than others.

Court sittings are divided into four terms separated by a breaks of two to eight weeks. This can influence the time it takes to finalise divorce applications.

For example, in Dublin in the second half of 2013, the circuit court sits from 29 May to 31 July and from 7 October to 21 December. An application lodged in early June will probably be finalised in July, but applications lodged in July will most probably have to wait until October to be finalised.

A divorce applicant may choose the court in which he/she wishes to bring proceedings in any of the following counties:

  • The county in which the husband ordinarily resides
  • The county in which the husband carries on any business, profession or occupation
  • The county in which the wife ordinarily resides
  • The county in which the wife carries on any business, profession or occupation

We have outlined below some information which may help you decide which is the best choice for you.

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County Court Office Address Courthouse Address Time to complete Divorce
5 star - quickest
1 star - slowest