MARRIED WOMENS STATUS ACT 1957


Number 5 of 1957.


MARRIED WOMEN’S STATUS ACT 1957

REVISED

Updated to 16 November 2015


This Revised Act is an administrative consolidation of the Married Women’s Status Act 1957. It is prepared by the Law Reform Commission in accordance with its function under the Law Reform Commission Act 1975 (3/1975) to keep the law under review and to undertake revision and consolidation of statute law.

All Acts up to and including Marriage Act 2015 (35/2015), enacted 29 October 2015, and all statutory instruments up to and including Marriage Act 2015 (Commencement) Order 2015 (S.I. No. 504 of 2015), made 10 November 2015, were considered in the preparation of this Revised Act.

Disclaimer: While every care has been taken in the preparation of this Revised Act, the Law Reform Commission can assume no responsibility for and give no guarantees, undertakings or warranties concerning the accuracy, completeness or up to date nature of the information provided and does not accept any liability whatsoever arising from any errors or omissions. Please notify any errors, omissions and comments by email to

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Number 5 of 1957.


MARRIED WOMEN’S STATUS ACT 1957

REVISED

Updated to 16 November 2015


Introduction

This Revised Act presents the text of the Act as it has been amended since enactment, and preserves the format in which it was passed.

Related legislation

This Act is not collectively cited with any other Act.

Annotations

This Revised Act is annotated and includes textual and non-textual amendments, statutory instruments made pursuant to the Act and previous affecting provisions.

An explanation of how to read annotations is available at

www.lawreform.ie/annotations.

Material not updated in this revision

Where other legislation is amended by this Act, those amendments may have been superseded by other amendments in other legislation, or the amended legislation may have been repealed or revoked. This information is not represented in this revision but will be reflected in a revision of the amended legislation if one is available. A list of legislative changes to any Act, and to statutory instruments from 1999, may be found linked from the page of the Act or statutory instrument at

www.irishstatutebook.ie.

Acts which affect or previously affected this revision

Marriage Act 2015 (35/2015)

Adoption Act 2010 (21/2010)

Land And Conveyancing Law Reform Act 2009 (27/2009)

Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act 2001 (50/2001)

Civil Legal Aid Act 1995 (32/1995)

Family Law Act 1995 (26/1995)

Criminal Evidence Act 1992 (12/1992)

Judicial Separation and Family Law Reform Act 1989 (6/1989)

Age of Majority Act 1985 2/1985)

Family Law Act 1981 (22/1981)

Courts Act 1981 (11/1981)

Family Home Protection Act 1976 (27/1976)

Succession Act 1965 (27/1965)

Companies Act 1963 (33/1963)

All Acts up to and including Marriage Act 2015 (35/2015), enacted 29 October 2015, were considered in the preparation of this revision.

Statutory instruments which affect or previously affected this revision

None.

All statutory instruments up to and including Marriage Act 2015 (Commencement) Order 2015 (S.I. No. 504 of 2015), made 10 November 2015, were considered in the preparation of this revision.


Number 5 of 1957.


MARRIED WOMEN’S STATUS ACT 1957.

REVISED

Updated to 16 November 2015


ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS


Acts Referred to

Adoption Act, 1952

No. 25 of 1952

Companies Consolidation Act, 1908

8 Edw. 7 c. 69

Conveyancing Act, 1881

44 & 45 Vic. c. 41

Conveyancing Act, 1882

45 & 46 Vic. c. 39

Conveyancing Act, 1911

1 & 2 Geo 5 c. 37

Conveyancing Acts, 1881 to 1911

County Offices and Courts (Ireland) Act, 1877

40 & 41 Vic. c. 56

Excise Management Act, 1841

4 & 5 Vic. c. 20

Fines and Recoveries Act, 1834

4 & 5 Will. 4 c. 92

Industrial and Commercial Property (Protection) Act, 1927

No. 16 of 1927

Infants’ Property Act, 1830 (extended to Ireland by the Infants’ Property (Ireland) Act, 1835

11 Geo. 4 and 1 Will. 4 c. 65

Land Law ( Ireland) Act, 1881

44 & 45 Vic. c. 49

Landlord and Tenant ( Ireland) Act, 1870

33 & 34 Vic. c. 46

Larceny Act, 1916

6 & 7 Geo 5 c. 50

Leases for Schools (Ireland) Act, 1881

44 & 45 Vic. c. 65

Leasing Powers Act for Religious Worship in Ireland Act, 1855

18 & 19 Vic. c. 39

Married Women’s Property Act, 1882

45 & 46 Vic. c. 75

Married Women’s Property Act, 1884

47 & 48 Vic. c. 14

Married Women’s Property Act, 1893

56 & 57 Vic. c. 63

Married Women’s Property Act, 1907

7 Edw. 7 c. 18

Married Women’s Property (Ireland) Act, 1865

28 & 29 Vic. c. 43

Married Women’s Reversionary Interests Act, 1857

20 & 21 Vic. c. 57

Real Property Act, 1845

8 & 9 Vic. c. 106

Registration of Title Act, 1891

54 & 55 Vic. c. 66

Settled Estates Act, 1877

40 & 41 Vic. c. 18

Settled Land Act, 1882

45 & 45 Vic. c. 38

Settled Land Acts, 1882 to 1890

Summary Jurisdiction (Ireland) Act, 1908

8 Edw. 7 c. 24

Trustee Act, 1893

56 & 57 Vic. c. 53

Wills Act, 1837

1 Vic. c. 26


Number 5 of 1957.


MARRIED WOMEN’S STATUS ACT 1957.

REVISED

Updated to 16 November 2015


AN ACT TO CONSOLIDATE WITH AMENDMENTS THE LAW RELATING TO THE STATUS OF MARRIED WOMEN AND THE LIABILITIES OF HUSBANDS. [30 th April, 1957.]

BE IT ENACTED BY THE OIREACHTAS AS FOLLOWS:—

Annotations:

Editorial Notes:

E1

Discretion to grant legal aid in respect of proceedings instituted under Act provided (11.10.1996) by Civil Legal Aid Act 1995 (32/1995), s. 28(9)(c)(i), effectively commenced for this purpose on the establishment day by S.I. No. 272 of 1996.

E2

Circuit Court to be known as the Circuit Family Court when exercising its jurisdiction to hear and determine family law proceedings as provided (19.10.1989) by Judicial Separation and Family Law Reform Act 1989 (6/1989), ss. 30 and 31, commenced as per s. 46(2).

E3

Circuit Family Court authorised to hear and determine proceedings instituted under Act at different places, times or days (19.10.1989) by Judicial Separation and Family Law Reform Act 1989 (6/1989), ss. 30 and 32, commenced as per s. 46(2).

E4

Conduct of family proceedings in Circuit Family Court and High Court required to be informal (19.10.1989) by Judicial Separation and Family Law Reform Act 1989 (6/1989), ss. 30 and 33, commenced as per s. 46(2).