The use of ‘blocking orders’ in Ireland as part of a divorce to prevent a former spouse receiving maintenance having a claim on their ex-partner’s estate has been cast in doubt, reports the Irish Times.
The High Court in Ireland has recently given its ruling in the case of a woman who received financial support from her ex-husband and was worried about her financial security in the event of his death.
She applied to court for an amendment to the ‘blocking order’ that was put in place as part of her divorce to prevent either party making a claim on the estate of the other.
According to the Irish Times, the judge hearing the case said: “It seems appropriate that the court should not make a blocking order …. unless the court can be satisfied that proper provision has been made for her maintenance after her husband’s death.”