FAMILY LAW ACT 1981


Number 22 of 1981


FAMILY LAW ACT 1981

REVISED

Updated to 30 June 2016


This Revised Act is an administrative consolidation of the Family Law Act 1981. 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.

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Number 22 of 1981


FAMILY LAW ACT 1981

REVISED

Updated to 30 June 2016


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.

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Material not updated in this revision

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Acts which affect or previously affected this revision

Courts and Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2013 (32/2013)

Courts and Court Officers Act 2002 (15/2002)

Family Law Act 1995 (26/1995)

Civil Legal Aid Act 1995 (32/1995)

Courts Act 1991 (20/1991)

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

Married Women’s Status Act 1957 (5/1957)

All Acts up to and including Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions and Certain Disclosures) Act 2016 (4/2016), enacted 11 February 2016, 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 European Union (Restrictive Measures concerning Libya) (No. 2) Regulations 2016 (S.I. No. 342 of 2016), made 30 June 2016, were considered in the preparation of this revision.


Number 22 of 1981


FAMILY LAW ACT 1981

REVISED

Updated to 30 June 2016


ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS



Number 22 of 1981


FAMILY LAW ACT 1981

REVISED

Updated to 30 June 2016


AN ACT TO ABOLISH ACTIONS FOR CRIMINAL CONVERSATION, ENTICEMENT AND HARBOURING OF A SPOUSE AND BREACH OF PROMISE OF MARRIAGE, TO MAKE PROVISION IN RELATION TO THE PROPERTY OF, AND GIFTS TO AND BETWEEN, PERSONS WHO HAVE BEEN ENGAGED TO BE MARRIED AND IN RELATION TO THE VALIDITY OF THE CONSENT OF A MINOR SPOUSE FOR THE PURPOSES OF THE FAMILY HOME PROTECTION ACT, 1976, AND TO PROVIDE FOR RELATED MATTERS. [23 rd June, 1981]

BE IT ENACTED BY THE OIREACHTAS AS FOLLOWS:

Annotations:

Editorial Notes:

E1

Discretion to grant legal aid in respect of proceedings under Act provided (11.10.1996) by Civil Legal Aid Act 1995 (32/1995), s. 28(9)(c)(i), S.I. No. 272 of 1996.

E2

Circuit Court to be known as “Circuit Family Court” when exercising its jurisdiction to hear and determine proceedings under Act 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 to hear and determine proceedings instituted under Act in a different place, or at different times or on different days, from the ordinary Circuit Court as provided (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 before Circuit Family Court and High Court to be as informal as practicable as provided (19.10.1989) by Judicial Separation and Family Law Reform Act 1989 (6/1989), ss. 30 and 33, commenced as per s. 46(2).