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The Polygamous Marriages (Northern Ireland) Order 1995


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1.—(1) The Matrimonial Causes (Northern Ireland) Order 1978 shall be amended as follows.

(2) In Article 13 (grounds on which a marriage is void), for the words “may be polygamous although” there shall be substituted the words “is not polygamous if”.

(3) In Article 50 (matrimonial relief in respect of polygamous marriages)—

(a)in paragraph (1), for the words “the marriage” onwards there shall be substituted the words “either party to the marriage is, or has during the subsistence of the marriage been, married to more than one person”; and

(b)for paragraph (3)

there shall be substituted—

(3) Provision may be made by rules of court—

(a)for requiring notice of proceedings brought by virtue of this Article to be served on any additional spouse of a party to the marriage in question; and

(b)for conferring on any such additional spouse the right to be heard in the proceedings,

in such cases as may be specified in the rules..

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