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Matrimonial Causes (Northern Ireland) Order 1978

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InterpretationN.I.

2.—(1) The Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954 [1954 c.33] shall apply to Article 1 and the following provisions of this Order as it applies to a Measure of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

(2) In this Order—

  • Definition rep. by 1987 NI 22

  • “child”, in relation to one or both of the parties of a marriage, includes[F1 a child whose father and mother were not married to each other at the time of his birth within the meaning of Article 155 of the Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995];

  • “child of the family”, in relation to the parties to a marriage, means—

    (a)

    a child of both of those parties; and

    (b)

    any other child, not being a child who[F1 is placed with those parties as foster parents by an authority within the meaning of the Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995] or a voluntary organisation, who has been treated by both of those parties as a child of their family;

  • “the court” shall be construed in accordance with Article 48;

  • Definition rep. by 1995 NI 2

  • “disposal”, in relation to any property, includes creating a charge on the property (including a charge subject to conditions as to the time when it is to become enforceable or otherwise);

  • “divorce county court” means, where an order made by the Lord Chancellor under Article 48(1) is in force designating a county court sitting for any division as a divorce county court, a county court sitting for that division;

  • “education” includes training;

  • [F2F3“maintenance assessment” means an assessment of maintenance made under the Child Support (Northern Ireland) Order 1991 and includes, except in circumstances prescribed for the purposes of the definition of that expression in Article 2(2) of that Order, an interm maintenance assessment within the meaning of that Order;]

  • “rules of court” means rules of court made under Article 54;

  • “statutory provision” has the meaning given by section 1( f) of the Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954 [1954 c.33] .

(3) In this Order—

(a)references to financial provision orders, periodical payments and secured periodical payments orders and orders for the payment of a lump sum, and references to property adjustment orders, shall be construed in accordance with Article 23;

[F4(aa)references to pension sharing orders shall be construed in accordance with Article 23A; and]

(b)references to orders for maintenance pending suit and to interim orders for maintenance shall be construed respectively in accordance with Article 24 and Article 29(5).

(4) For the avoidance of doubt it is hereby declared that references in this Order to remarriage include references to a marriage which is by law void or voidable.

[F5(4A) References in this Order to the formation of a civil partnership by a person include references to a civil partnership which is by law void or voidable.]

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F2SR 1993/98

F3prosp. in pt. subst. by 2000 c. 4 (NI)

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