Legal costs for each litigant in private family law cases in the District Court, where there are multiple adjournments are at least € 5,000 per person and costs in the Circuit Court are at least € 10,000 per person and can exceed € 50,000 per person. A major factor for these high costs is the over-crowded lists resulting in multiple adjournments and the litigants have to pay the cost of their solicitor and often barrister attending at the courthouse every time. People are spending significant amounts of money to ultimately get a settlement, when the costs of coming to agreement in mediation, with legal advice from their solicitor, is a fraction of those costs, and can happen within weeks rather than years. The Family Home is usually the main resource that a family has, and it should not be used to fund a lengthy legal battle, instead it should be used by that family to fund the higher costs of living apart post separation or divorce.
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