High Court divorce actions more likely to be brought by husbands, new survey shows
When it comes to filing for separation in Ireland a wife is more likely than her husband to put the wheels in motion.
New data published by the Courts Service of Ireland today shows that the clear majority - over 70% - of applicants in these types of cases are women.
There were 1,271 applications for judicial separation in 2014.
This represents a 3% decrease on the total figure of applications for marital separation recorded for 2013.
However, husbands are more likely to file for divorce in the High Court than their wives. 56% of high court divorce actions were initiated by men.
There were 3,831 petitions for divorce filed in 2014, roughly the same number as recorded in 2013.
2014 saw a small increase in domestic violence, with 3,528 applications being made under appropriate legislation.