At D’Arcy & Co, Solicitors, Kildare our family law solicitor, Deirdre Nolan is committed to offering you an efficient and caring service in relation to Family Law.

Common issues in relation to Maintenance and Property

Rights of Cohabitants to apply for Maintenance and Property Adjustment Orders

Since 2010, where someone lives with someone else for more than 5 years (2 if they have a child together) that person can generally apply to court for maintenance, pension adjustment and property adjustment orders and for orders in relation to the estate of the other person. The success of the application will depend on the circumstances and needs of the people involved.

People can make an agreement that these rules will not apply subject to that agreement meeting certain requirements.


A child has a right to be receive maintenance from their parents. The amount of maintenance that is to be paid will depend upon the income of the parents and their needs and those of the child and other dependents.

Maintenance can sometimes be agreed between the parties. However, it is often the case that agreement cannot be reached and a Court application is necessary. it is sometimes the case that in the context of a maintenance application agreement can be reached prior to hearing and if that is the case such an agreement should be put into court. This will have the effect of making it a rule of court.

Clear practical advice

We are here to guide you through the process and to work to find practical solutions.

Our team has the skills to negotiate agreements and, if needed, bring matters to court.


Please contact Family Law, Solicitor, Kildare, Deirdre Nolan on or on (045) 530 807