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Domestic Proceedings and Magistrates' Courts Act 1978

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  1. Introductory Text

  2. Part I Matrimonial Proceedings in Magistrates' Courts

    1. Powers of court to make orders for financial provision for parties to a marriage and children of the family

      1. 1.Grounds of application for financial provision

      2. 2.Powers of court to make orders for financial provision

      3. 3.Matters to which court is to have regard in exercising its powers under s. 2

      4. 4.Duration of orders for financial provision for a party to a marriage

      5. 5.Age limit on making orders for financial provision for children and duration of such orders

      6. 6.Orders for payments which have been agreed by the parties

      7. 7.Powers of court where parties are living apart by agreement

    2. Powers of court as to the custody etc. of children

      1. 8.Orders for the custody of children

      2. 9.Powers of court to provide for supervision of children

      3. 10.Powers of court to commit children to care of local authority

      4. 11.Provision for maintenance for children in case of certain orders under ss. 8 to 10

      5. 12.Supplementary provisions with respect to powers of court under ss. 8 to 10

      6. 13.Disputes between persons holding parental rights and duties jointly

      7. 14.Access to children by grandparents

      8. 15.Principle on which questions relating to custody and upbringing of children are to be decided

    3. Powers of court to make orders for the protection of a party to a marriage or a child of the family

      1. 16.Powers of court to make orders for the protection of a party to a marriage or a child of the family

      2. 17.Supplementary provisions with respect to orders under s. 16

      3. 18.Powers of arrest for breach of s. 16 order

    4. Interim orders

      1. 19.Interim orders

    5. Variation, revocation and cessation of orders etc

      1. 20.Variation, revival and revocation of orders for periodical payments

      2. 21.Variation and revocation of orders relating to the custody of children

      3. 22.Variation of instalments of lump sum

      4. 23.Supplementary provisions with respect to variation and revocation of orders

      5. 24.Proceedings by or against a person outside England and Wales for variation or revocation of orders

      6. 25.Effect on certain orders of parties living together

    6. Reconciliation

      1. 26.Reconciliation

    7. Provisions relating to the High Court and county court

      1. 27.Refusal of order in case more suitable for the High Court

      2. 28.Powers of High Court and county court in relation to certain orders under Part I

      3. 29.Appeals

    8. Provisions relating to procedure, jurisdiction and enforcement

      1. 30.Provisions as to jurisdiction and procedure

      2. 31.Constitution of courts

      3. 32.Enforcement etc. of orders for payment of money

      4. 33.Enforcement of orders for custody

      5. 34.Restriction on removal of child from England and Wales

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

  3. Part II Amendments of Guardianship of Minors Acts 1971 and 1973

    1. Amendment of provisions relating to the custody of minors

      1. 36.Meaning of custody in Guardianship of Minors Acts 1971 and 1973

      2. 37.Further provisions relating to orders for custody

      3. 38.Amendment of provisions relating to age limits on orders for custody etc

      4. 39.Restriction on removal of minor from England and Wales

      5. 40.Access to minors by grandparents

    2. Amendment of provisions relating to orders for maintenance

      1. 41.Extension of powers of court to make orders for maintenance

      2. 42.Duration of orders for maintenance

      3. 43.Further provisions as to orders for maintenance

      4. 44.Maintenance for minors in care of local authorities

    3. General provisions

      1. 45.Interim orders

      2. 46.Effect on certain orders of parents living together

      3. 47.Provisions as to jurisdiction and powers of magistrates' courts

      4. 48.Orders made on appeal from a magistrates' court

  4. Part III Amendments of Other Enactments Relating to Domestic Proceedings

    1. Amendments of Affiliation Proceedings Act 1957

      1. 49.Jurisdiction of magistrates' courts

      2. 50.Provisions which may be contained in affiliation orders

      3. 51.Persons entitled to payments under affiliation orders

      4. 52.Age limit on making of affiliation orders and duration of orders

      5. 53.Variation and revocation of affiliation orders

    2. Amendments of Maintenance Orders (Reciprocal Enforcement) Act 1972

      1. 54.Date of operation of orders under Part I of Maintenance Orders (Reciprocal Enforcement) Act 1972

      2. 55.Interpretation of Part I of Maintenance Orders (Reciprocal Enforcement) Act 1972 as respects Scotland

      3. 56.Magistrates' courts having jurisdiction to hear applications for affiliation orders under s. 27 of Maintenance Orders (Reciprocal Enforcement) Act 1972

      4. 57.Complaint by spouse in convention country for recovery in England and Wales of maintenance from other spouse

      5. 58.Complaint by former spouse in convention country for recovery in England and Wales of maintenance from other spouse

      6. 59.Complaint by former wife in convention country for recovery in Northern Ireland of maintenance from former husband

      7. 60.Further amendments of Maintenance Orders (Reciprocal Enforcement) Act 1972 as respects Scotland

      8. 61.Eligibility for Legal Aid in Scotland for proceedings under Maintenance Orders (Reciprocal Enforcement) Act 1972

    3. Amendments of Matrimonial Causes Act 1973

      1. 62.Amendment of s. 4 of Matrimonial Causes Act 1973

      2. 63.Amendment of s. 27 of Matrimonial Causes Act 1973

    4. Amendments of Parts II and V of Children Act 1975

      1. 64.Extension of powers of court to make orders for maintenance and access under s. 34 of Children Act 1975

      2. 65.Further provisions as to maintenance of child subject to custodianship order

      3. 66.Revocation and variation of orders for periodical payments

      4. 67.Provisions relating to lump sums

      5. 68.Amendment of s. 36 of Children Act 1975

      6. 69.Custodianship order made on application under Part I of this Act or under Guardianship of Minors Act 1971

      7. 70.Restriction on removal of child from England and Wales

      8. 71.Orders made on appeal from a magistrates' court

    5. Amendments of enactments relating to adoption

      1. 72.Alteration in age limits for certain orders made on refusal of adoption order

      2. 73.Hearing in private of adoption proceedings

      3. 74.Provisions relating to Convention adoption orders

  5. Part IV Amendments of Part II of Magistrates' Courts Act 1952

    1. 75.Jurisdiction to deal with complaints

    2. 76.Extension of power to vary orders for periodical payments

    3. 77.Provisions as to payments required to be made to a child etc

    4. 78.Penalties for disobeying orders other than for the payment of money

    5. 79.Meaning of " domestic proceedings "

    6. 80.Domestic courts

    7. 81.Persons who may be present during hearing of domestic proceedings

    8. 82.Restriction on newspaper reports of domestic proceedings

    9. 83.Reports by probation officers on means of parties

  6. Part V Supplementary Provisions

    1. 84.Reasons for decisions in domestic proceedings

    2. 85.Periodical payments payable by one person under more than one order

    3. 86.Amendment of Administration of Justice Act 1964

    4. 87.Expenses

    5. 88.Interpretation

    6. 89.Transitional provisions, amendments, repeals and commencement

    7. 90.Short title and extent

    1. Schedule 1

      Transitional provisions

    2. Schedule 2

      Minor and consequential amendments

    3. Schedule 3

      Enactments repealed

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