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Matrimonial Causes Act 1973

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  1. Introductory Text

  2. Part I Divorce, Nullity and Other Matrimonial Suits

    1. Divorce

      1. 1.Divorce on breakdown of marriage

      2. 2.Supplemental provisions as to facts raising presumption of breakdown

      3. 3.Restriction on petitions for divorce within three years of marriage

      4. 4.Divorce not precluded by previous judicial separation

      5. 5.Refusal of decree in five year separation cases on grounds of grave hardship to respondent

      6. 6.Attempts at reconciliation of parties to marriage

      7. 7.Consideration by the court of certain agreements or arrangements

      8. 8.Intervention of Queen's Proctor

      9. 9.Proceedings after decree nisi: general powers of court

      10. 10.Proceedings after decree nisi: special protection for respondent in separation cases

    2. Nullity

      1. 11.Grounds on which a marriage is void

      2. 12.Grounds on which a marriage is voidable

      3. 13.Bars to relief where marriage is voidable

      4. 14.Marriages governed by foreign law or celebrated abroad under English law

      5. 15.Application of ss. 1(5), 8 and 9 to nullity proceedings

      6. 16.Effect of decree of nullity in case of voidable marriage

    3. Other matrimonial suits

      1. 17.Judicial separation

      2. 18.Effects of judicial separation

      3. 19.Presumption of death and dissolution of marriage

    4. General

      1. 20.Relief for respondent in divorce proceedings

  3. Part II Financial Relief for Parties to Marriage and Children of Family

    1. Financial provision and property adjustment orders

      1. 21.Financial provision and property adjustment orders

    2. Ancillary relief in connection with divorce proceedings, etc

      1. 22.Maintenance pending suit

      2. 23.Financial provision orders in connection with divorce proceedings, etc

      3. 24.Property adjustment orders in connection with divorce proceedings, etc

      4. 25.Matters to which court is to have regard in deciding how to exercise its powers under sections 23 and 24

      5. 26.Commencement of proceedings for ancillary relief, etc

    3. Financial provision in case of neglect to maintain

      1. 27.Financial provision orders, etc., in case of neglect by party to marriage to maintain other party or child of the family

    4. Additional provisions with respect to financial provision and property adjustment orders

      1. 28.Duration of continuing financial provision orders in favour of party to marriage, and effect of remarriage

      2. 29.Duration of continuing financial provision orders in favour of children, and age limit on making certain orders in their favour

      3. 30.Direction for settlement of instrument for securing payments or effecting property adjustment

    5. Variation, discharge and enforcement of certain orders, etc

      1. 31.Variation, discharge, etc., of certain orders for financial relief

      2. 32.Payment of certain arrears unenforceable without the leave of the court

      3. 33.Orders for repayment in certain cases of sums paid under certain orders

    6. Maintenance agreements

      1. 34.Validity of maintenance agreements

      2. 35.Alteration of agreements by court during lives of parties

      3. 36.Alteration of agreements by court after death of one party

    7. Miscellaneous and supplemental

      1. 37.Avoidance of transactions intended to prevent or reduce financial relief

      2. 38.Orders for repayment in certain cases of sums paid after cessation of order by reason of remarriage

      3. 39.Settlement, etc., made in compliance with a property adjustment order may be avoided on bankruptcy of settlor

      4. 40.Payments, etc., under order made in favour of person suffering from mental disorder

  4. Part III Protection, Custody, Etc., of Children

    1. 41.Restriction on decrees for dissolution, annulment or separation affecting children

    2. 42.Orders for custody and education of children in cases of divorce, etc., and for custody in cases of neglect

    3. 43.Power to commit children to care of local authority

    4. 44.Power to provide for supervision of children

  5. Part IV Miscellaneous and Supplemental

    1. 45.Declarations of legitimacy, etc

    2. 46.Additional jurisdiction in proceedings by a wife

    3. 47.Matrimonial relief and declarations of validity in respect of polygamous marriages

    4. 48.Evidence

    5. 49.Parties to proceedings under this Act

    6. 50.Matrimonial causes rules

    7. 51.Fees in matrimonial proceedings

    8. 52.Interpretation

    9. 53.Transitional provisions and savings

    10. 54.Consequential amendments and repeals

    11. 55.Citation, commencement and extent

    1. Schedule 1

      Transitional provisions and savings

      1. Part I Miscellaneous and general

      2. Part II Preservation for limited purposes of certain provisions of previous enactments.

      3. Part III Assimilation in certain respects to orders under this Act of orders made, etc., under the Act of 1965, etc

    2. Schedule 2

      Consequential amendments

    3. Schedule 3

      Enactments repealed

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