Search Legislation

The Matrimonial and Family Proceedings (Northern Ireland) Order 1989


This is the original version (as it was originally made).

Declarations as to adoptions effected overseas

33.—(1) Any person whose status as an adopted child of any person depends on whether he has been adopted by that person by either—

(a)a foreign adoption as defined by section 4(3) of the Adoption (Hague Convention) Act (Northern Ireland) 1969(1) ; or

(b)an adoption recognised by the law of Northern Ireland and effected under the law of any country outside the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man;

may apply to the court for one (or for one or, in the alternative, the other) of the declarations mentioned in paragraph (2).

(2) The said declarations are—

(a)a declaration that the applicant is for the purposes of Article 40 of the Adoption (Northern Ireland) Order 1987(2) the adopted child of that person;

(b)a declaration that the applicant is not for the purposes of that Article the adopted child of that person.

(3) A court shall have jurisdiction to entertain an application under paragraph (1) if (and only if) the applicant—

(a)is domiciled in Northern Ireland on the date of the application, or

(b)has been habitually resident in Northern Ireland throughout the period of one year ending with that date.

Back to top


Print Options


Legislation is available in different versions:

Latest Available (revised):The latest available updated version of the legislation incorporating changes made by subsequent legislation and applied by our editorial team. Changes we have not yet applied to the text, can be found in the ‘Changes to Legislation’ area.

Original (As Enacted or Made): The original version of the legislation as it stood when it was enacted or made. No changes have been applied to the text.


Opening Options

Different options to open legislation in order to view more content on screen at once


More Resources

Access essential accompanying documents and information for this legislation item from this tab. Dependent on the legislation item being viewed this may include:

  • the original print PDF of the as enacted version that was used for the print copy
  • lists of changes made by and/or affecting this legislation item
  • confers power and blanket amendment details
  • all formats of all associated documents
  • correction slips
  • links to related legislation and further information resources