My questions arise from a scenario in Finnegans Wake by James Joyce, published in 1939, and hence pertain to Irish law around or before 1939.
As a young Dublin girl, Anna inherits property from her father, a house with inn and shop. Anna marries Finnegan.
- Post marriage, what would be Anna's and Finnegan's claims on the property Anna inherited before marrying Finnegan?
Twin sons are born. Later, Anna has another child, a girl, but Finnegan doesn't think he's the father! Finnegan wants to divorce Anna.
- Could Finnegan legally divorce Anna?
Finnegan throws Anna out of her home for what seems like 3-4 years.
If divorce was possible, was there a requirement that the couple live separately for a number of years?
If the divorce had legally gone through, what would be Anna's and Finnegan's claims on the property Anna inherited before marrying Finnegan?
Just to note that before the divorce can even happen, Finnegan falls from a ladder and dies.