Divorce in Ireland is on the decrease, with experts saying couples simply cannot afford to separate.
Figures show that in 2008 the country saw the first drop-off in divorce proceedings in 10 years
Circuit court applications were down nearly 20% on the year 2000
There were 3,300 divorces last year - and 3,500 the year before.
The country's main urban areas - Galway, Cork and Dublin account for over half of all cases
Now experts say that family finances in the recession have led to a decrease in the number of people getting divorced.
Couples are now putting up with their situation or suffering in silence rather than paying legal fees.
Meanwhile mediation applications are on the up across the country