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Going to Court / Agreement

Paths to Resolution

Whatever the circumstances, there are many different ways to resolve a family dispute. The options range from counselling with a view to resolving the differences, or recognising that the relationship has irretrievably broken down and; negotiating an agreement through mediation, collaborative practice and/or negotiation with the assistance of legal professionals, or an application to the courts for judicial resolution. 

This section aims to outline and explain the different options available to allow the most appropriate route to be identified. The options are not exclusive and more than one approach may be necessary to resolve all the issues arising. 


For more information 


The Legal Aid Board 

Free Legal Advice Centres 

  • Address: , 13 Lower Dorset Street, Dublin 1. 
  • Tel:+353 (0)1 8745690 Fax:+353 (0)1 8745320 
  • Website: 
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Family Mediation Service 

Citizens Information 

 Accord Catholic Marriage Counselling Service 

University College Cork

Coláiste na hOllscoile Corcaigh

College Road, Cork T12 K8AF