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The Family Law (Northern Ireland) Order 1993

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  1. Introductory Text

  2. Introductory

    1. 1.Title and commencement

    2. 2.Interpretation

  3. Marriage

    1. Art.3 rep. by 2003 NI 3

    2. 4.Marriage between certain persons related by affinity not to be void

    3. 5.Declarations as to degree of affinity

  4. Maintenance enforcement

    1. 6.Orders for periodical payment in the High Court and divorce county courts

    2. 7.Orders for periodical payment in courts of summary jurisdiction

    3. 8.Variation of orders for periodical payment made under the Domestic Proceedings (Northern Ireland) Order 1980

    4. 9.Interest on, and remission of, arrears and supplementary provision for payment by instalments

    5. 10.Amendment of orders transferred under s. 102 of the Social Security Administration (Northern Ireland) Act 1992

    6. Article 11—Amendments

  5. Special measures directions in family proceedings

    1. 11K.Special measures in family proceedings: victims of abusive behaviour

    2. 11L.Power to alter definition of family proceedings

  6. Miscellaneous

    1. 12.Family proceedings rules

    2. 12A.Making of family proceedings rules

    3. 13.Transfer of certain functions to the Lord Chancellor

    4. Art. 14 rep. by 1998 NI 6

    5. 15.Oral testimony in divorce

    6. Article 16—Amendments and Repeals


    1. Schedule 1—Amendments

    2. SCHEDULE 2


      1. 1.In this Schedule “the Committee” means the Northern Ireland Family Proceedings Rules Committee.

      2. 2.(1) The Committee shall consist of— (a) the Lord Chief Justice, who shall be chairman;...

      3. 3.Where any member of the Committee is unable to act, the Lord Chief Justice, or,...

      4. 4.Rules of court may be made and other powers of the Committee exercised at a...

      5. 5.In the absence of the Lord Chief Justice, the senior judge present shall be chairman...

      6. 6.The joint secretaries to the Committee shall be the Principal Secretary to the Lord Chief...

      7. 7.Such of the joint secretaries to the Committee as the Lord Chancellor may designate shall,...

      8. 8.The Committee shall not, except with the concurrence of the Treasury, make a rule which...

      9. 9.Any expenses incurred by the Committee shall be paid by the Lord Chancellor.

    3. SCHEDULE 3


      1. Article 10(1) of the Family Law Reform (Northern Ireland) Order 1977 (power to make regulations...

      2. Article 10(1) of the Family Law Reform (Northern Ireland) Order 1977 (power to make regulations...

      3. Regulation 2(1) of the Blood Tests (Evidence of Paternity) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1978 (so far...

      4. Regulation 2(1) of the Blood Tests (Evidence of Paternity) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1978 (so far...

      5. Article 4(3) and (4) of the Domestic Proceedings (Northern Ireland) Order 1980 (power to fix,...

      6. Article 4(3) and (4) of the Domestic Proceedings (Northern Ireland) Order 1980 (power to fix,...

    4. Schedule 4–Amendments

    5. Schedule 5–Repeals

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