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The Guardianship of Infants Act 1886 (c. 27)N.I.

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The Sheriff Courts (Scotland) Act 1907 (c. 51)S

3In section 6 of the Sheriff Courts (Scotland) Act 1907, after the words “Act 1973” there shall be inserted the words “and Chapter III of Part I of the Family Law Act 1986”.S

The Matrimonial Proceedings (Children) Act 1958 (c. 40)S

4In section 8(1) of the Matrimonial Proceedings (Children) Act 1958—S

(a)for the words from “custody” to “jurisdiction” there shall be substituted the words “custody the court has power”;

(b)at the end there shall be added the words “ In this subsection “child” does not include a child with respect to whom the court has made an order under section 13(6) or 14(2) of the Family Law Act 1986 ”.

5In section 9(1) of the said Act of 1958, for the words from “either forthwith” to “granted therein” there shall be substituted the words “, subject to section 13(2) of the Family Law Act 1986.”S

6In section 10(1) of the said Act of 1958, for the words from “custody” to “jurisdiction” there shall be substituted the words “custody the court has power”.S

7In section 11(1) of that Act, for the words from “custody” to “jurisdiction” there shall be substituted the words “custody the court has power”.S

The Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Scotland) Act 1966 (c. 19)S

8In section 8(6) of the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Scotland) Act 1966, in the definition of “sheriff”—S

(a)after the word “means” there shall be inserted the words—

(a)in relation to an order under subsection (1)(a), (b) or (c) above or an order varying any such order;

(b)at the end there shall be added the words—

(b)in relation to an order mentioned in subsection (1)(d) above or an order varying any such order, the sheriff having jurisdiction under section 9, 10 or 12 of the Family Law Act 1986.

The Domestic and Appellate Proceedings (Restriction of Publicity) Act 1968 (c. 63)E+W

9In section 2 of the Domestic and Appellate Proceedings (Restriction of Publicity) Act 1968 (restriction of publicity for certain proceedings)—E+W

(a)in subsection (1) paragraph (a) shall cease to have effect and there shall be inserted at the end the following paragraph—

(d)proceedings under Part III of the Family Law Act 1986;

(b)in subsection (3) for the words “subsection (1)(a)” there shall be substituted the words “subsection (1)(d)”.

The Guardianship of Minors Act 1971 (c. 3)E+W

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12In section 17 of that Act subsection (2) shall cease to have effect.E+W

The Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 (c. 18)E+W

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14In section 47 of that Act (declarations in respect of polygamous marriages), for subsection (3) there shall be substituted the following subsection—E+W

(3)In this section “a declaration concerning the validity of a marriage” means any declaration under Part III of the Family Law Act 1986 involving a determination as to the validity of a marriage.

15In section 50 of that Act (matrimonial causes rules)—E+W

(a)in subsection (1) at the end of paragraph (a) there shall be inserted the words “and Part III of the Family Law Act 1986”;

(b)in subsection (2) in paragraph (a) for the words “38 or 45 above” there shall be substituted the words “or 38”, in paragraph (b) the words “proceedings in a county court under section 45 above or to” shall cease to have effect and in paragraph (c) the words “or to any aspect of section 47 above which is excepted by paragraph (b) above” shall cease to have effect.

The Guardianship Act 1973 (c. 29)E+W+S

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18In section 10(3) of that Act, for the words from “any sheriff” to “1886” there shall be substituted the words “the sheriff court”.S

The Children Act 1975 (c. 72)E+W+S

19In section 33(1) of the Children Act 1975 the words “if the child is in England or Wales at the time the application is made” shall cease to have effect.E+W

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The Marriage (Scotland) Act 1977 (c. 15)S

21In proviso (ii) to section 3(5) of the Marriage (Scotland) Act 1977 (certificate as to capacity to marry)—S

(a)after the word “above” there shall be inserted the word “(a)”; and

(b)at the end there shall be added the words “or (b) if no such certificate has been issued only by reason of the fact that the validity of a divorce or annulment granted by a court of civil jurisdiction in Scotland or entitled to recognition in Scotland under section 44 or 45 of the Family Law Act 1986 is not recognised in the state in which the certificate would otherwise have been issued.”

22In section 26(2) of the said Act of 1977 there shall be inserted in the appropriate alphabetical position the following definition—S

“ “annulment” includes any decree or declarator of nullity of marriage, however expressed.”

The Domestic Proceedings and Magistrates’ Courts Act 1978 (c. 22)E+W

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24In section 30(1) of the said Act of 1978, after the words “subject to” there shall be inserted the words “section 2 of the Family Law Act 1986 and”.E+W

The Supreme Court Act 1981 (c. 54)E+W

25In section 26(b) of the Supreme Court Act 1981 the words “or jactitation of marriage” shall cease to have effect.E+W

26In paragraph 3 of Schedule 1 to that Act (business assigned to Family Division of the High Court) there shall be added at the end the following sub-paragraph—E+W

(e)applications under Part III of the Family Law Act 1986.

The Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act 1984 (c. 42)E+W

27In section 32 of the Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act 1984 (what is family business), in the definition of “matrimonial cause” for the words “judicial separation or jactitation of marriage” there shall be substituted the words “or judicial separation”.E+W

The Child Abduction and Custody Act 1985 (c. 60)E+W+S+N.I.

28In section 9 of the Child Abduction and Custody Act 1985 (suspension of court’s powers in cases of wrongful removal), after paragraph (a) there shall be inserted the following paragraph—E+W+S+N.I.

(aa)enforcing under section 29 of the Family Law Act 1986 a custody order within the meaning of Chapter V of Part I of that Act;.

29In section 20(2) of the said Act of 1985 (suspension of court’s powers), after paragraph (a) there shall be inserted the following paragraph—E+W+S+N.I.

(aa)in the case of proceedings under section 29 of the Family Law Act 1986 for the enforcement of a custody order within the meaning of Chapter V of Part I of that Act, enforce that order;.

30In section 27(1) of the said Act of 1985 (interpretation), in the definition of “custody order” after the word “means” there shall be inserted the words “(unless the contrary intention appears)”.E+W+S+N.I.

31In paragraph 5 of Schedule 3 of the said Act of 1985 (custody orders in Scotland), after sub-paragraph (ii) there shall be inserted the following sub-paragraph—E+W+S+N.I.

(iia)an order freeing a child for adoption made under section 18 of the Adoption (Scotland) Act 1978

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