Children and Family Relationships Act 2015

1.

Short title, collective citations and commencement

1. (1) This Act may be cited as the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015.

(2) Part 9 and the Civil Registration Acts 2004 to 2014 may be cited together as the Civil Registration Acts 2004 to 2015.

(3) Part 11 and the Adoption Acts 2010 to 2013 may be cited together as the Adoption Acts 2010 to 2015.

(4) Section 175 and the Child Care Acts 1991 to 2013 may be cited together as the Child Care Acts 1991 to 2015.

(5) This Act, subject to subsections (6) to (9), shall come into operation on the day or days that the Minister may appoint by order or orders either generally or with reference to a particular purpose or provision and different days may be so appointed for different purposes or different provisions.

(6) Parts 2 and 3 shall come into operation on the day or days that the Minister for Health may appoint by order or orders either generally or with reference to a particular purpose or provision and different days may be so appointed for different purposes or different provisions.

F1 [ (7) Part 9 shall come into operation 54 months from enactment or on such earlier day or days as the Minister may, after consulting with the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, appoint by order or orders either generally or with reference to any particular purpose or provision of that Part and different days may be so appointed for different purposes or different provisions. ]

(8) Part 10 shall come into operation on the day or days that the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade may appoint by order or orders either generally or with reference to a particular purpose or provision and different days may be so appointed for different purposes or different provisions.

(9) Part 11 shall come into operation on the day or days that the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs may appoint by order or orders either generally or with reference to a particular purpose or provision and different days may be so appointed for different purposes or different provisions.

Annotations

Amendments:

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Substituted (23.05.2019) by Civil Registration Act 2019 (13/2019), s. 12, commenced on enactment.

Editorial Notes:

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A table of provisions and commencement dates is available at http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/eli/isbc/2015_9.html#commencement.

E4

Power pursuant to subs. (5) exercised (4.05.2020) by Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) Order 2019 (S.I. No. 624 of 2019), art. 2.

2. The 4th day of May 2020 is appointed as the day on which the following provisions of the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (No. 9 of 2015) shall come into operation:

(a) Part 4, insofar as it is not already in operation;

(b) Part 5, insofar as it is not already in operation;

(c) Part 6, insofar as it is not already in operation;

(d) Part 7, insofar as it is not already in operation;

(e) Part 12, insofar as it is not already in operation;

(f) section 176.

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Power pursuant to subs. (6) exercised (4.05.2020) by Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Parts 2 and 3) (Commencement) Order 2019 (S.I. No. 541 of 2019), art. 2.

2. The 4th day of May 2020 is appointed as the day on which Parts 2 and 3 of the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015(No. 9 of 2015) shall come into operation.

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Power pursuant to subs. (5) exercised (31.07.2017) by Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Commencement) Order 2017 (S.I. No. 355 of 2017).

3. The 31st day of July 2017 is appointed as the day on which paragraph (c) of section 47 of the Act of 2015, other than insofar as section 6(4) of the Act of 1964, amended by that paragraph, relates to section 6(1A) of the Act of 1964, shall come into operation.

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Power pursuant to subs. (5) exercised (18.01.2016) by Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) Order 2016 (S.I. No. 12 of 2016).

2. In this Order—

“Act of 1964” means the Guardianship of Infants Act 1964 (No. 7 of 1964);

“Act of 1987” means the Status of Children Act 1987 (No. 26 of 1987);

“Act of 2010” means the Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010 (No. 24 of 2010).

3. The 18th day of January 2016 is appointed as the day on which the following provisions of the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (No. 9 of 2015) shall come into operation:

(a) Part 1;

(b) Part 4, other than—

(i) section 43(a)(iii),

(ii) section 43(a)(iv), insofar as that section inserts the following definitions in section 2 of the Act of 1964—

(I) “Act of 2015”, and

(II) “donor-conceived child”,

(iii) section 47,

(iv) section 49, insofar as—

(I) that section inserts section 6B in the Act of 1964, and

(II) section 6F of the Act of 1964, inserted by that section, relates to section 6B(3) of the Act of 1964, and

(v) section 51, insofar as section 8 of the Act of 1964, amended by that section, relates to section 6B of the Act of 1964;

(c) sections 68 and 70;

(d) Part 6, other than—

(i) section 72(a),

(ii) section 75, and

(iii) section 77;

(e) Part 7, other than—

(i) section 79, insofar as that section inserts the following definitions in section 33 of the Act of 1987—

(I) “Act of 2015”,

(II) “donor-conceived child”,

(III) “parent”, and

(IV) “second parent”,

(ii) section 80, insofar as the following provisions of section 35 of the Act of 1987, amended by that section, relate to a “second parent”—

(I) subsection (1)(b),

(II) subsections (1A) and (1B), and

(III) subsection (8), and

(iii) section 81, insofar as that section inserts the following definitions in section 37 of the Act of 1987—

(I) “Act of 2015”,

(II) “DAHR procedure”,

(III) “donor-conceived child”, and

(IV) “parent”;

(f) Part 8;

(g) section 135, other than insofar as paragraph (a) of the definition of “dependent child of the civil partners” inserted by that section in section 2 of the Act of 2010 relates to a dependent child of both civil partners or adopted by both civil partners under the Adoption Act 2010;

(h) sections 136 to 150;

(i) sections 152 to 172;

(j) Part 13, other than sections 176 and 177.

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Power pursuant to subs. (8) exercised (1.07.2015) by Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Part 10) (Commencement) Order 2015 (S.I. No. 263 of 2015).

2. The 1st day of July 2015 is appointed as the day on which Part 10 of the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (No. 9 of 2015) shall come into operation.