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3To the Family Division are assigned—E+W
(a)all matrimonial causes and matters (whether at first instance or on appeal);
(b)all causes and matters (whether at first instance or on appeal) relating to—
[F1(ii)the exercise of the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court with respect to minors, the maintenance of minors and any proceedings under the Children Act 1989, except proceedings solely for the appointment of a guardian of a minor’s estate;]
(iii)F2. . . adoption;
(iv)non-contentious or common form probate business;
(d)proceedings on appeal under section 13 of the M2Administration of Justice Act 1960 from an order or decision made under section 63(3) of the M3Magistrates’ Courts Act 1980 to enforce an order of a magistrates’ court made in matrimonial proceedings [F4or proceedings under Part IV of the Family Law Act 1996]or with respect to the guardianship of a minor.
[F5(e)applications under Part III of the Family Law Act 1986.]
[F5(e)proceedings under the Children Act 1989]
[F6(ea)proceedings under section 79 of the Childcare Act 2006;]
[F7(f)all proceedings under:—
(ii)the Child Abduction and Custody Act 1985
(iii)the Family Law Act 1986;
(iv)section 30 of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990; F10. . .
[F11(v)Council Regulation (EC) No 2201/2003 of 27th November 2003 concerning jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in matrimonial matters and matters of parental responsibility, so far as that Regulation relates to jurisdiction, recognition and enforcement in parental responsibility matters;]
[F12(fa)all proceedings relating to a debit or credit under section 29(1) or 49(1) of the Welfare Reform and Pensions Act 1999;]
(g)all proceedings for the purpose of enforcing an order made in any proceedings of a type described in this paragraph.]
[F13(h)all proceedings under the Child Support Act 1991.]
[F14(i)all proceedings under sections 6 and 8 of the Gender Recognition Act 2004.]
[F15(i)all civil partnership causes and matters (whether at first instance or on appeal);
(j)applications for consent to the formation of a civil partnership by a minor or for a declaration under paragraph 7 of Schedule 1 to the Civil Partnership Act 2004;
(k)applications under section 58 of that Act (declarations relating to civil partnerships).]
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