Is Catholic Ireland dead? Poll shows farmers back pre-nups and ditch weekly mass-going
72pc of farmers say pre-nuptial agreements should have a legal standing in Ireland
This year marks 20 years since divorce was legalised in Ireland and its impact continues to be contentious with a new poll showing the majority of farmers agree that pre-nuptial agreements should be legally binding.
Ireland continues to record the lowest divorce rate in Europe, at 0.6 per 1,000 population, but concerns over the possible fall out on land ownership continues to worry those in the farming community.
Research from Macra na Feirme shows that even within families, decisions on land transfer are generally addressed quietly or indeed not addressed until totally necessary or forced due to a family crisis.
Currently prenuptial agreements do not have a legal standing in Ireland, but common law gives strong rights to couples who have lived together . Any couple that has lived together for five years have substantial family law rights.
Respondents to the FarmIreland.ie survey conducted at livestock marts throughout Ireland in recent weeks showed overwhelming support of pre-nuptial agreements with 72pc saying they should have a legal standing in Ireland.
Just 15pc said they should not have legal standing, and 13pc were unsure.
Of the over 1,000 respondents to the survey a total of 67pc of people over 65 years of age agreed that they should have a legal standing, while 83pc of 18-34 year old did.
Fine Gael voters reflected the national average sentiment on pre-nuptials, with 71pc supporting them, while 74pc of Fianna Fail supporters agreed pre-nuptial agreements should have a legal standing.