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Domestic Proceedings and Magistrates' Courts Act 1978

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1Grounds of application for financial provision

Either party to a marriage may apply to a magistrates' court for an order under section 2 of this Act on the ground that the other party to the marriage (in this Part of this Act referred to as " the respondent ")—

(a)has failed to provide reasonable maintenance for the applicant; or

(b)has failed to provide, or to make a proper contribution towards, reasonable maintenance for any child of the family; or

(c)has behaved in such a way that the applicant cannot reasonably be expected to live with the respondent; or

(d)has deserted the applicant.

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