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(1)In this Act—
F1 . . .
“child”, in relation to one or both of the parties to a marriage, includes an illegitimate F2. . . child of that party or, as the case may be, of both parties;
“child of the family”, in relation to the parties to a marriage, means—
a child of both of those parties; and
any other child, not being a child who [F3is placed with those parties as foster parents] by a local authority or voluntary organisation, who has been treated by both of those parties as a child of their family;
“the court” (except where the context otherwise requires) means the High Court or, where a county court has jurisdiction by virtue of [F4Part V of the Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act 1984], a county court;
F5. . .
“education” includes training.
(2)In this Act—
(a)references to financial provision orders, periodical payments and secured periodical payments orders and orders for the payment of a lump sum, and references to property adjustment orders, shall be construed in accordance with section 21 above;
[F8(aa)references to pension sharing orders shall be construed in accordance with section 21A above; and]
(b)references to orders for maintenance pending suit and to interim orders for maintenance shall be construed respectively in accordance with section 22 and section 27(5) above.
(3)For the avoidance of doubt it is hereby declared that references in this Act to remarriage include references to a marriage which is by law void or voidable.
[F9(3A)References in this Act to the formation of a civil partnership by a person include references to a civil partnership which is by law void or voidable.]
F9(4)Except where the contrary intention is indicated, references in this Act to any enactment include references to that enactment as amended, extended or applied by or under any subsequent enactment, including this Act.
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