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The Matrimonial and Family Proceedings (Northern Ireland) Order 1989

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Duty of the court to consider whether Northern Ireland is appropriate venue for application

20.—(1) Before making an order for financial relief the court shall consider whether in all the circumstances of the case it would be appropriate for such an order to be made by a court in Northern Ireland, and if the court is not satisfied that it would be appropriate, the court shall dismiss the application.

(2) The court shall in particular have regard to the following matters—

(a)the connection which the parties to the marriage have with Northern Ireland;

(b)the connection which those parties have with the country in which the marriage was dissolved or annulled or in which they were legally separated;

(c)the connection which those parties have with any other country outside Northern Ireland;

(d)any financial benefit which the applicant or a child of the family has received, or is likely to receive, in consequence of the divorce, annulment or legal separation, by virtue of any agreement or the operation of the law of a country outside Northern Ireland;

(e)in a case where an order has been made by a court in a country outside Northern Ireland requiring the other party to the marriage to make any payment or transfer any property for the benefit of the applicant or a child of the family, the financial relief given by the order and the extent to which the order has been complied with or is likely to be complied with;

(f)any right which the applicant has, or has had, to apply for financial relief from the other party to the marriage under the law of any country outside Northern Ireland and if the applicant has omitted to exercise that right the reason for that omission;

(g)the availability in Northern Ireland of any property in respect of which an order under this Part in favour of the applicant could be made;

(h)the extent to which any order made under this Part is likely to be enforceable;

(i)the length of time which has elapsed since the date of the divorce, annulment or legal separation.

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