Family Home Protection Act 1976

Consent of spouse.

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4.— (1) Where the spouse whose consent is required under section 3 (1) omits or refuses to consent, the court may, subject to the provisions of this section, dispense with the consent.

(2) The court shall not dispense with the consent of a spouse unless the court considers that it is unreasonable for the spouse to withhold consent, taking into account all the circumstances, including—

( a) the respective needs and resources of the spouses and of the dependent children (if any) of the family, and

( b) in a case where the spouse whose consent is required is offered alternative accommodation, the suitability of that accommodation having regard to the respective degrees of security of tenure in the family home and in the alternative accommodation.

(3) Where the spouse whose consent is required under section 3 (1) has deserted and continues to desert the other spouse, the court shall dispense with the consent. For this purpose, desertion includes conduct on the part of the former spouse that results in the other spouse, with just cause, leaving and living separately and apart from him.

(4) Where the spouse whose consent is required under section 3 (1) is incapable of consenting by reason of unsoundness of mind or other mental disability or has not after reasonable inquiries been found, the court may give the consent on behalf of that spouse, if it appears to the court to be reasonable to do so.

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Power to make ancillary order under section on granting of decree of judicial separation prescribed (1.08.1996) by Family Law Act 1995 (26/1995), s. 10(1)(c), S.I. No. 46 of 1996.

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Previous affecting provision: power to make ancillary order under section on granting of decree of judicial separation prescribed (19.10.1989) by Judicial Separation and Family Law Reform Act 1989 (6/1989), s. 16(d), commenced as per s. 46(2); repealed (1.08.1996) by Family Law Act 1995 (26/1995), s. 3(1) and sch., S.I. No. 46 of 1996, subject to transitional provision in subs. (2).