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Maintenance Orders (Reciprocal Enforcement) Act 1972

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17 Proceedings in [F1the family court in England and Wales or in magistrates’ courts in Northern Ireland] E+W+S+N.I.

F2(1)—(3). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F3(4). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F4(5). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

[F5(5A)Where the respondent to an application for the variation or revocation of—

(a)a maintenance order made by [F6the family court], being an order to which section 5 of this Act applies; or

(b)a registered order which is registered in [F6the family court],

is residing in a reciprocating country, [F6the family court] shall have jurisdiction to hear the application (where it would not have such jurisdiction apart from this subsection) if it would have had jurisdiction to hear it had the respondent been [F7habitually resident] in England and Wales.]

[F8(6)Where the respondent to an application for the variation or revocation of—

(a)a maintenance order made by a magistrates’ court in Northern Ireland, being an order to which section 5 of this Act applies; or

(b)a registered order which is registered in such a court,

is residing in a reciprocating country, a magistrates’ court in Northern Ireland shall have jurisdiction to hear the application (where it would not have jurisdiction apart from this subsection) if it would have had jurisdiction to hear it had the respondent been [F9habitually resident] in Northern Ireland.]

(7)Where the [F10respondent] to [F11an application] for the variation or revocation—

(a)of a maintenance order made by [F12the family court in England and Wales or a magistrates' court in Northern Ireland], being an order to which section 5 of this Act applies; or

(b)of a registered order registered in [F12the family court in England and Wales or a magistrates' court in Northern Ireland],

does not appear at the time and place appointed for the hearing of [F11the application], but the court is satisfied that the [F10respondent] is residing in a reciprocating country, the court may proceed to hear and determine [F11the application] at the time and place appointed for the hearing or for any adjourned hearing in like manner as if the [F10respondent] had appeared at that time and place.

[F13(7A)In the application of this section to Northern Ireland, in subsection (7)—

(a)for the word “respondent”, in each place where it occurs, there shall be substituted “defendant”; and

(b)for the words “an application” and “the application”, in each place where they occur, there shall be substituted “a complaint” and “the complaint” respectively.]

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F4S. 17(5) repealed (N.I.) (4.11.1996) by S.I. 1995/755 (N.I. 2), art. 185(2), Sch. 10 (with Sch. 8 paras. 1(1), 23(4)); S.R. 1996/297, art. 2(2)

F6Words in s. 17(5A) substituted (22.4.2014) by Crime and Courts Act 2013 (c. 22), s. 61(3), Sch. 11 para. 38(b); S.I. 2014/954, art. 2(e) (with art. 3) (with transitional provisions and savings in S.I. 2014/956, arts. 3-11)

F12Words in s. 17(7) substituted (22.4.2014) by Crime and Courts Act 2013 (c. 22), s. 61(3), Sch. 11 para. 38(c); S.I. 2014/954, art. 2(e) (with art. 3) (with transitional provisions and savings in S.I. 2014/956, arts. 3-11)

F14S. 17(8) repealed by S.I. 1981/1675 (N.I. 26), Sch. 7

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