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The Family Law (Northern Ireland) Order 1993


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1.—(1) This Order may be cited as the Family Law (Northern Ireland) Order 1993.

(2) Subject to paragraph (3), this Order shall come into operation on the expiration of 2 months from the day on which the Order is made.

(3) Articles 5 to 11 and 15 shall come into operation on such day or days as the Head of the Department of Finance and Personnel may by order appoint.

(4) In the application of any amendment made by this Order which has effect in relation to orders made, confirmed or registered by a court, it is immaterial whether the making, confirmation or registration occurred before or after the coming into operation of the amendment.

(5) An order under paragraph (3) may also appoint a day for the coming into operation of any provision of an order made under section 38(2) of the Northern Ireland Constitution Act 1973(1) as necessary or expedient in consequence of this Order which appears to the Head of the Department of Finance and Personnel to be consequential on any provision of this Order brought into operation by the order.


2.—(1) The Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954(2) 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 “statutory provision” has the meaning given in section 1(f) of the Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954.

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