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By Minister Josepha Madigan

As a former family law solicitor I have seen first hand the devastation the current divorce laws cause for people, compounding their heartbreak at an enormously difficult time.

Nobody gets married thinking that one day they will have to legally detangle themselves from their husband or wife.

The shock of finding yourself in that position is difficult enough and I’ve watched as the realisation that it takes four years to even be able to begin the process of legally divorcing sinks in. It’s hard to watch because it just piles on more stress at a time when people need it least.

Not only does it add to the emotional distress and worry, it can also add to the cost for people.

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Very often, to try to regularise their affairs in some way while waiting to be allowed to divorce, couples enter into legal separation agreements or seek a judicial separation. This can double their legal costs.

Experts believe that the separation period can also be extremely difficult for the children of divorcing couples. Children need certainty and stability, and so reducing this period of legal limbo can only be positive for families.

On Friday we are being asked to remove the constitutional requirement that couples whose marriages have broken down completely be separated for four years out of the last five before beginning divorce proceedings. Instead, the Oireachtas will introduce a law reducing that required separation period to two years out of the last three.

Reducing the time period – sometimes referred to as the ‘pause period’ – is a compassionate response to people at a time when they are grieving the loss of their marriage and trying to move on from it in a way that is best for their families.

I’ve often said that a marriage breakdown requires a grieving process. There are a number of stages which separating couples need time and space to work through. That is why the Fine Gael led Government proposed a two year waiting period.

I think the people of Ireland will once again show compassion in a referendum but it’s important that we don’t get complacent about this vote: people need to get out and have their say to deliver this important change.

There hasn’t been as much discussion on radio and TV as in previous referendums and this is largely because with such little opposition, broadcasters are finding it hard to meet balance rules.

But that doesn’t take away from the fact that this is a pressing issue for many people and a yes vote will bring about a small change that will have a big impact.

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Brad Pitt has landed himself in hot water after accidentally insinuating that his marriage to Jennifer Aniston was boring. Ouch.

The actor was forced to majorly backtrack after an interview with Parade magazine back in 2011 resurfaced, and used the word 'dull' to describe his life back then.

The 55-year-old Hollywood actor has since retracted his words and clarified his intentions, but it doesn't sound good…We'd be pretty p*ssed off if we were Jen.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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He also seemed to imply that his life became far more spontaneous and exciting after meeting the woman he left Aniston for- Angelina Jolie.

"I spent the '90s trying to hide out, trying to duck the full celebrity cacophony. I started to get sick of myself sitting on a couch, holding a joint, hiding out. It started feeling pathetic."

"It became very clear to me that I was intent on trying to find a movie about an interesting life, but I wasn't living an interesting life myself," he continued.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Now that's all well and good, but then he made a highly polarising comment, and angered Jen's fans in the process;

"I think that my marriage had something to do with it. Trying to pretend the marriage was something that it wasn't."

Brad even released a statement to defend his words, saying; "It grieves me that this was interpreted this way. Jen is an incredibly giving, loving, and hilarious woman who remains my friend."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"It is an important relationship I value greatly. The point I was trying to make is not that Jen was dull, but that I was becoming dull to myself, and that, I am responsible for."

The couple dated in the 1990s and wed in 2000. Brad later began a romance with Angelina, after meeting her on the Mr and Mrs Smith set in 2005.

They share six kids and were eventually married in 2014, but their marriage broke down in 2016. Oh Brad.

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Adele has uploaded a hilarious meme to her Instagram after news recently broke about her divorce from Simon Koneki.

The musical sensation has been silent on social media since April 11, when the couple announced their split after three years of marriage.

The 30-year-old shared a meme of herself in tears beside another image of her showing her badass side in James Corden's Carpool Karaoke series.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The singer always manages to retain her wicked sense of humour, even when going through heartbreak. The quote above the meme reads;

"When you catch yourself in your feelings then you remember who you are." Damn girl, say it louder for the people in the BACK.

Fans immediately began commenting on the post, begging her to return to music and release a fourth album.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Simon Konecki, who works as a charity boss, and Adele share six-year-old son Angelo together, and began dating in 2012.

News of the split last month was confirmed by the singer's spokesman, saying:

“Adele and her partner have separated. They are committed to raising their son together lovingly."

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Rapper Cardi B has opened up about her experiences of suffering from post-partum depression following the birth of her daughter, Kulture Kiari.

The I Like It singer revealed her emotional rollercoaster following childbirth, explaining how she assumed she'd "avoid" developing the common condition.

The 26-year-old spoke to  Harper Bazaar for the March cover issue, and elaborated on the difficulties of facing life with the feeling of heaviness.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Cardi explained that she felt fine six months ago, when Kulture was first born, until post-partum depression hit her unexpectedly;

“I thought I was going to avoid it,” she revealed to the magazine. “When I gave birth, the doctor told me about postpartum, and I was like: ‘Well, I’m doing good right now, I don’t think that’s going to happen."

She continued; “But out of nowhere, the world was heavy on my shoulders.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She also got candid about the feeling of losing control over your body following pregnancy, admitting that her body "doesn't feel the same".

She said: “For some reason, I still don’t feel like my body’s the same. I feel like I don’t have my balance right yet. When it comes to heels, I’m not as good at walking anymore."

“I feel like I’m holding a weight on me. I don’t know why because I’m skinnier than I’ve ever been. But there’s an energy I haven’t gotten back yet that I had before I was pregnant. It’s just the weirdest thing.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Cardi B welcomed Kulture in July with her rapper husband Offset, but the pair announced their divorce shortly afterwards.

The couple secretly wed in September 2017, insisted that the split was good for both of them, and that they simply "fell out of love".

Taking to Instagram, the Grammy-nominated artist said:

“We’re really good friends and you know we’re really good business partners and you know, he’s always somebody that I run to, to talk to and we got a lot of love for each other, but things just haven’t been working out between us for a long time.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“I'm going to always have a lot of love for him because he is my daughter's father.”

They have reportedly reunited after she rejoined her husband at their family home in Atlanta, but Cardi as yet to confirm the claims.

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We'd be pretty nervous to ask Arnold Schwarzenegger anything, tbh. Have you seen the size of him? He may be 70 but he's no old-age-pensioner, that's for sure.

Chris Pratt has opened up to Extra about his nerves when it came to approaching The Terminator for his blessing to marry his daughter, Katherine.

The 39-year-old admitted he was 'a little nervous', but was determined to go things the traditional way.

The intimidating Predator star, now Chris' future father-in-law, was approached by Chris shortly before he proposed to Katherine during the New Year. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Jurassic Park actor spoke about his appreciation for the conventional method of engagement and marriage;

"Well, I think any person who appreciates the tradition and asks a father for his daughter’s hand in marriage, it’s inevitably something that’s going to make you a little nervous. ‘But that’s sort of the beauty of it."

Luckily for Chris, Arnold already thinks he's 'fantastic', and sang his praises last week.

"That was really fantastic. She is so happy, they both are so happy. As I said to him, he is such a likable guy. I love Chris — he’s fantastic." He added: "Chris is a wonderful guy. They both look really great together, they’re both happy together, so I wish them both the best of luck.’" 

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Chris announced their engagement at the beginning of 2019, saying he was 'so happy' that his future wife said yes.

Speaking to US Weekly about the ceremony, the actor shared: "A little, you know, maybe fall, winter kind of thing and you know, we’ve got a lot to get done."

He was previously married to actress Anna Faris, but they officially divorced in 2018. He has been with Katherine Schwarzenegger for a few months, and the pair are clearly in love. 

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Holy Moly.

In case any of y'all have been residing under a prominently sized ROCK, you'll be aware of the drama llama surrounding Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's much-publicised divorce.

The pair haven't been seen each other's company since they announced their break-up back in September 2016, but yesterday they were sighted together inside of a Los Angeles office.

Don't bother speculating about if they're reconciling, that ship has long sailed. She's across many oceans by now. The duo were simply hammering out remaining deets of their divorce.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The exes have six gorgeous children together; 17-year-old Pax, 14-year-old Maddox, 13-year-old Zahara, 12-year-old Shiloh and 10-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.

How do they keep track of them all? It's a mystery to us. It's reported that the two are still trying to figure out their bitter divorce, but they've reached a final agreement over the custody of their six kids following over two years of negotiations.

Jolie's lawyer, Samantha Bley DeJean, confirmed that the former Hollywood 'It Couple' have signed and closed the lengthy legal battle, which means there won't be a need to go to trial.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Samantha shared a statement to Reuters in December, writing;

"A custody arrangement was agreed to weeks ago, and has been signed by both parties and the judge. The agreement, which is based on the recommendations of the child custody evaluator, eliminates the need for a trial."

It is assumed that Brad has been given increased access to his children, and will be allowed to see them more frequently, including every other day for four hours on school days and 12 hours on a non-school day.

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One publication claims things got a bit heated between the pair, with Brad was reportedly pacing back and forth outside the office, while Angelina looking “visibly upset,” according to The Blast.

Brad and Angelina have struggled to see eye-to-eye since ending their relationship, and for more than a year after the split, Angelina had primary custody of the children.

Last year, a judge ordered Brad to be allowed more time with the children for their benefit.

There were reports of alcohol abuse from the actor but no evidence was provided. The former couple met on the set of Mr and Mrs Smith in 2005 and were inseparable ever since, until their official split two years ago.

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Well, it looks like Offset 'That Dick' and Cardi B are officially back together. That dick is the devil, but it won her heart back in the end. How romantic…

The hip-hop couple have officially called off their divorce for now and have reunited as a couple, TMZ is reporting.

Sources close to the pair told the outlet that Cardi B returned to their Atlanta home with their baby Kulture; "This is the first time she's been back to stay there with Offset and Kulture since December."

Only a few days ago, the Money hitmaker posted an Instagram image captioned; "I wanna go home" written over a photo of Offset kissing Kulture.

The talented duo split up following cheating allegations, with Offset rumoured to have slept with numerous groupies. Cardi announced their breakup after one year of marriage last month;

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Sources told the outlet that Offset has changed his phone number in an effort to show that "he's serious about being honest and faithful," per TMZ.

"Our sources say the new digits are strictly for Cardi and business calls," TMZ claimed, given Offset's history of philandering with other women behind Cardi's back. Offset is also sticking to a 'no groupies' rule to try and make their marriage work.

Cardi spoke about how accusations of Offset cheating had changed their relationship during an October interview with W.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“Every single day there’s rumours about me and my dude. And it almost drives me crazy, because I start to believe them. I don’t have no proof. I don’t have receipts. But I just got to know my man. We practically on the phone 24 hours a day."

"If I can’t find him, I’m going to find his friend. Somebody going to answer the phone. But I cannot be feeling insecure, to a point that I would drive my dude away, because these people want that to happen," she continued.

“So everybody been bugging me and everything, and you know I’ve been trying to work things out with my baby father for a hot minute now," Cardi claimed, emotionally.

"And we’re really good friends and you know, we’re really good business partners—you know he’s always somebody that I went to to talk to, and we got a lot of love for each other but things just haven’t been working out between us for a long time," she said.

“And it’s nobody fault," she continued. "It’s just like, I guess we just grew out of love, but we’re not together anymore. I don’t know it might take time to get a divorce, and I’m going to always have a lot of love for him because he is my daughter’s father and yeah."

We hope he can stick to his 'New Rule', maybe Cardi should listen to more Dua Lipa?

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Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan are devastated at the death of their beloved dog Lulu.

The former couple announced the heartbreaking development on their respective social media accounts yesterday, revealing that their lovable pet died from cancer.

Dewan shared an older image of Lulu with their five-year-old daughter, Everly, who was clearly very attached to the four-legged family member.

Jenna posted a series of pictures to her Instagram account, captioned;

"To our sweet and fierce Lulu…thank you for being the best dog in the entire world and for fighting cancer for as long as you did. Thank you for your tireless love, protection and humour."

"Thank you for the adventures. Heartbroken doesn’t even come close to how it feels. But you will live on forever in our hearts and our memories…fly sweet angel," she concluded.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Magic Mike actor also posted a memory to his social media account, captioning the black-and-white image;

"I’ll see you again baby girl. But you’ll always be with me. Always. Thank you Norman Jean Roy for this memory."

The picture shows the actor with Lulu running along the beach, what was a poignant and nostalgic moment for the star.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Those in the entertainment industry have been quick to offer their condolences to the actors, who met initially while filming Step Up, and announced their separation in April.

Paris Hilton commented on Tatum's post; "Sorry for your loss."

Hillary Swank wrote; "Ugghhhh losing a four legged family member is the hardest thing I have ever been through. Bless you both."

RIP Lulu, grieving the loss of a family pet really is heart-breaking.

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Diplo really doesn't waste any time, does he?

Cardi B is only freshly single after a major split drama with her baby daddy Offset, after their year-long marriage.

The 26-year-old rapper clearly has a long line of suitors vying for her hand, and after posting up a stunning Instagram image of herself, Diplo just had to join in.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The image of herself showed off a gorgeous pink outfit on December 16, and she captioned the shot;  “I’m Dasani with the drip, bab ymommy with the clip."

The mother of adorable five-month-old Kulture has been keeping herself busy since Offset crashed her set at Rolling Loud on December 15, but Diplo hopped on the Cardi train.

The 40-year-old musician commented; "I'm single btw" under the Instagram post, and fans damn well lost their mind.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Cardi B has yet to respond to the cheeky DJ and music producer's comment, we're fairly sure she most likely needs time to herself after the whole Offset drama.

The Migos rapper has been doing everything in his power to win her back, but Cardi is staying strong like the queen we know she is.

In an Instagram live video on Monday night, she did admit that she was “missing the D” though, so who knows if she can resist Offset's charms for long.

We're Team Diplo, his caption and comment game is SO STRONG.

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Rapper Cardi B has split from her husband of one year, Offset, following rumours of his infidelity. 

Cardi welcomed a baby daughter with the fellow rapper just four months ago, named Kulture. 

The 26-year-old broke the news on Instagram via her favourite method – a feed video. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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'So everybody been bugging me and everything and you know I’ve been trying to work things out with my baby father for a hot minute now,' she said. 

'We are really good friends and we are really good business partners— you know he’s always somebody that I run to  talk to, and we got a lot of love for each other but things just haven’t been working out between us for a long time.'

'It’s nobody’s fault I guess we just grew out of love but we are not together anymore,' she said, in the post captioned 'peace and love.' 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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'I don’t know it might take time to get a divorce and I’m going to always have a lot of love for him because he is my daughter’s father.'

Offset the commented 'Y'all won' under the post. 

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Chris Pratt is reportedly all set to have wedding bells ringing, according to UsWeekly. The Jurassic World actor met his new girlfriend Katherine Schwarzenegger only months ago, but is so in love that he's ready to tie the knot already.

Well, they're living life in the fast lane, eh? 

The 39-year-old actor is apparently so in love with 28-year-old Katherine that he has been turning down acting work simply to spend more time with her. Now that's commitment.

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Schwarzenegger and Pratt were first spotted in June on a date, but they have been an item for a significantly longer period of time according to RadarOnline.

Pratt was also seen bonding with her famous father Arnold Schwarzenegger recently, and the couple were apparently set up by Katherine's mother Maria Shriver.

Even though the pair have only dated for six months, their friends seem convinced that marriage is inevitable for them. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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People also that it seems pretty likely that Pratt will put a ring on it soon. “They’re such a great fit together,” the source explained.

“It’s only been a few months but Chris and Katherine are both very serious about the relationship and their friends wouldn’t be surprised if they got engaged sooner rather than later."

Katherine has spent time with Chris’ family and they all love her too. She fits in really well with them and vice versa.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Chris was formerly married to actress Anna Faris from 2009 until this year, and the pair share joint legal and physical custody of their six-year-old son Jack.

Faris has since moved on, and is dating her Overboard cinematographer Michael Barrett.

We hope both couples are happily loved up, it must be intimidated to date The Terminator's daughter though… just sayin'

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In case you've been living under a planet-sized rock, you just MIGHT have heard about Channing Tatum and Jessie J's new romance.

The pair appear to be exclusive, with Tatum making numerous appearances at the British singer's gigs, and was present at her London show last night where she emotionally revealed her infertility.

One thing which has been plaguing fans and speculators all over the internet is the uncanny resemblance between Jessie J and Channing Tatum's ex-wife of over ten years: Jenna Dewan.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The actress only just filed for divorce from Tatum last month, after six months of separation, and both actors appear to have well and truly moved on.

It has to be said that Dewan and Jessie J look RIDICULOUSLY alike, leading fans to conclude that Channing Tatum very clearly has a type.

Apart from being startlingly beautiful and both having names which begin with J, Jenna and Jessie both have similar face shapes, skin tones, fierce eyebrows and shoulder-length dark brown hair, so it's hard not to compare them.

After attending the Baby2Baby gala on Sunday night, one of Jenna Dewan's followers commented on her post:

“FIRST OF ALL…whenever I hear of the ‘striking resemblance’ w/ Jessie J and Jenna Dewan my only thoughts are ummmmm no…not even close, and I don't have a horse in the race but gf you are untouchable." 

"Just trying to spread positive vibes, keep doing you…to an absolute outsider from a small town do are doing it seemlessly."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The dancer and actress responded with her own comment on the matter: "Positive vibes all the way." Oh, there was a kiss emoji too, let's not forget that part.

She doesn't seem to be rising to the media frenzy surrounding her ex-husband's love life, or the doppelgänger claims between her and Jessie J.

However, while many assume that Dewan must be finding the media attention surrounding her divorce difficult, Jenna has a romance of her own. 

She has been happily dating Broadway star Steve Kazee for a few months now. We wish both couples all the happiness in the world.

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