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Domestic Violence and Matrimonial Proceedings Act 1976

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1Matrimonial injunctions in the county court.

(1)Without prejudice to the jurisdiction of the High Court, on an application by a party to a marriage a county court shall have jurisdiction to grant an injunction containing one or more of the following provisions, namely,—

(a)a provision restraining the other party to the marriage from molesting the applicant;

(b)a provision restraining the other party from molesting a child riving with the applicant;

(c)a provision excluding the other party from the matrimonial home or a part of the matrimonial home or from a specified area in which the matrimonial home is included;

(d)a provision requiring the other party to permit the applicant to enter and remain in the matrimonial home or a part of the matrimonial home;

whether or not any other relief is sought in the proceedings.

(2)Subsection (1) above shall apply to a man and a woman who are living with each other in the same household as husband and wife as it applies to the parties to a marriage and any reference to the matrimonial home shall be construed accordingly.

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