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Domestic Proceedings and Magistrates' Courts Act 1978

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44Maintenance for minors in care of local authorities

(1)In section 2 of the [1973 c. 29.] Guardianship Act 1973 the following subsections shall be substituted for subsection (3)—

(3)Where the court makes an order under subsection (2)(b) above committing the care of a minor to a local authority, the court may make a further order requiring either parent to make to that authority or to the minor such periodical payments, and for such term, as may be specified in the order; but the order shall only require payments to be made to a local authority while it has the care of the minor.

(3A)The court in deciding whether to exercise its power under subsection (3) above and, if so, in what manner, shall have regard to all the circumstances of the case including the matters to which the court is required to have regard under section 12A of the Guardianship of Minors Act 1971.

(3B)The provisions of section 12 of the Guardianship of Minors Act 1971 shall apply in relation to an order made under subsection (3) above as they apply in relation to an order made under section 9(2) of that Act.

(2)At the end of subsection (3A) of section 4 of the Guardian-ship Act 1973 there shall be inserted— and in the case of an order under section 2(3) above requiring payments to be made to or in respect of a minor an application for the variation of the order may, if the minor has attained the age of sixteen, be made by the minor himself.

(3B)The court in exercising its powers under subsection (3A) above in relation to an order made under section 2(3) above shall have regard to all the circumstances of the case including any change in any of the matters to which the court was required to have regard when making the order.

(3C)Where, on an application under subsection (3A) above for the variation or discharge of an order for the making of periodical payments made under section 2(3) above, the court varies the payments required to be made under the order, the court may provide that the payments as so varied shall be made from such date as the court may specify, not being earlier than the date of the making of the application.

(3D)Section 12C(5) of the Guardianship of Minors Act 1971 shall apply for the purposes of the revival of an order made under section 2(3) above as it applies for the purposes of the revival of an order made under section 9 of that Act, and subsection (3A) above (except the reference therein to the local authority to whose care the minor was committed) shall apply in relation to an order which is revived by virtue of this subsection..

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