COUNTY Carlow has the highest divorce rate in the country, according to figures from the Circuit Court. The county has been at the No. 1 spot from 2015 up to 2017, with Dublin having occupying that position from 2010 to 2014.
Leitrim has the lowest rate of divorce for 2017 while Kilkenny, Monaghan and Cavan previously had the lowest rate.
The figures, obtained by the Irish Times from the Circuit Court, show there were 68,453 applications for divorce in Ireland between 2000 and 2017.
The most recent Census revealed that the number of divorced people in Ireland increased by 16,125 to 103,895 in 2016. The research as the country voted last Friday’s in a referendum regarding the length of time couples have lived apart before they can be granted a divorce.
Before a court can grant a divorce at present, the parties must have been married and living apart for four out of the previous five years before the application is made.
The proposal was about two issues relating to divorce, namely how long people must be living apart before applying for a divorce, and the recognition of foreign divorces.
With a Yes vote carried, the Constitution will no longer require a person applying for a divorce to have lived apart from his or her spouse for at least four years.