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The Family Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Northern Ireland) Order 1984

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PART IIIN.I.MARRIAGE

Consequences of termination of engagement to marryN.I.

Engagements to marry not enforceable at lawN.I.

15.—(1) An agreement between two persons to marry one another shall not have effect as a contract giving rise to legal rights and no action shall lie for breach of such an agreement whatever the law applicable to the agreement.

(2) This Article shall have effect in relation to agreements entered into before the commencement of this Article, except that it shall not affect any action begun before that commencement.

Property of engaged couplesN.I.

16.—(1) Where an agreement to marry is terminated, any rule of law relating to the rights of husbands and wives in relation to property in which either or both has or have a beneficial interest shall apply in relation to any property in which either or both of the parties to the agreement had a beneficial interest while the agreement was in force, as it applies in relation to property in which a husband and wife has a beneficial interest.

(2) Where an agreement to marry is terminated, section 17 of the [1882 c. 75.] Married Women's Property Act 1882 and section 3 of the [1964 c. 23 (N.I.).] Law Reform (Husband and Wife) Act (Northern Ireland) 1964 (power of judge of the High Court or a county court to settle disputes between husband and wife about property) shall apply, as if the parties were married, to any dispute between them, or to any claim by one of them in relation to property in which either or both had a beneficial interest while the agreement was in force; but an application made by virtue of this Article to the judge under the said section 17, as originally enacted or as extended by the said section 3, shall be made within three years of the termination of the agreement.

Gifts between engaged couplesN.I.

17.—(1) A party to an agreement to marry who make a gift of property to the other party to the agreement on the condition (express or implied) that it shall be returned if the agreement is terminated shall not be prevented from recovering the property by reason only of his having terminated the agreement.

(2) The gift of an engagement ring shall be presumed to be an absolute gift; this presumption may be rebutted by proving that the ring was given on the condition, express or implied, that it should be returned if the marriage did not take place for any reason.

Restrictions on marriageN.I.

Prohibited degrees of relationshipN.I.

18.—(1) A marriage solemnized[F1 between a person and any person mentioned in the list in Part 1 of the following Table]F1, is void:

Table
[F1PART I[F1 Prohibited degrees of relationshipF1]]
[F1F1Adoptive childF1]
[F1Adoptive parentF1]
[F1ChildF1]
[F1Former adoptive childF1]
[F1Former adoptive parentF1]
[F1GrandparentF1]
[F1GrandchildF1]
[F1ParentF1]
[F1Parent's siblingF1]
[F1SiblingF1]
[F1Sibling's childF1]
[F1PART IIF1][F1 Degrees of affinity referred to in paragraphs (2A) and (2B)F1]
[F1Child of former civil partnerF1]
[F1Child of former spouseF1]
[F1Former civil partner of grandparentF1]
[F1Former civil partner of parentF1]
[F1Former spouse of grandparentF1]
[F1Former spouse of parentF1]
[F1Grandchild of former civil partnerF1]
[F1Grandchild of former spouseF1]
PART IIIF2...

(2) In that Table—

(a)any reference to an adoptive relationship or a former adoptive relationship is to a relationship which arises or arose in consequence of—

(i)an order authorising an adoption made (whether before or after the commencement of this Article) in any part of the United Kingdom, in the Isle of Man or in any of the Channel Islands, or

(ii)a foreign adoption as defined in section 4(3) of the [1969 c. 22 (N.I.).] Adoption (Hague Convention) Act (Northern Ireland) 1969;

(b)any reference to a[F1 sibling]F1 includes one of the half blood as well as of the whole blood;

(c)[F3in Part II,]F3 any reference to a relationship which is one of affinity is to a relationship deduced through a marriage[F1 or civil partnership]F1 which has been terminated by dissolution or by death;

(d)any reference to a person of a particular relationship includes a person who would rank as being of that relationship if he, or some other person through whom the relationship is deduced, had been born legitimate.

[F3(2A) Subject to paragraph (2B), a marriage solemnized[F1 between a person and any person mentioned in the list in Part 2 of that Table]F1, is void.

(2B) Any such marriage as is mentioned in paragraph (2A) is not void by reason only of affinity if both the parties to the marriage have attained the age of 21 at the time of the marriage and the younger party has not at any time before attaining the age of 18 been a child of the family in relation to the other party.

(2C) F4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(2D) F5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(2DA) F6. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(2DB) F6. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(2DC) F6. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(2E) In this Article “child of the family”, in relation to any person, means a child who has lived in the same household as that person and been treated by that person as a child of his family.]

F3(3) A marriage between person not within the degrees of relationship to which[F3 paragraph (1) [F7or (2A)]F7 applies or a marriage to which paragraph [F8(2B)]F8 applies]F3 is void, if either of those persons is at the time of the marriage domiciled in a country other than Northern Ireland and under the law of that country there cannot be a valid marriage between them because of their relationship to each other.

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F2S. 18(1): Pt. III of Table repealed (20.9.2006) by Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Northern Ireland) Order 2006 (S.I. 2006/1945 (NI 14)), arts. 1(3), {3(1)(a)} (with art. 3(4))

F31993 NI 6

F4Art. 18(2C)(2D) repealed (20.9.2006) by Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Northern Ireland) Order 2006 (S.I. 2006/1945 (NI 14)), arts. 1(3), {3(1)(b)} (with art. 3(4))

PrecontractN.I.

Repeal of Marriage Act (Ireland) 1725, section ivN.I.

19.  Section iv of the [12 Geo. 1 c. 3 (Ir.).] Marriage Act (Ireland) 1725 (which, for the removal of doubts, provided that a consummated marriage is not void because of an unconsummated precontract, and which is obsolete) shall cease to have effect.

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