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Family Law Amendment (De Facto Financial Matters and Other Measures) Bill 2008

2008

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Family Law Amendment (De Facto Financial Matters and Other Measures) Bill 2008

 

No.      , 2008

 

(Attorney-General)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to amend the Family Law Act 1975 , and for related purposes

   

   



Contents

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 1

3............ Schedule(s)......................................................................................... 3

Schedule 1—Amendments relating to de facto financial matters              4

Part 1—Amendments                                                                                                     4

Family Law Act 1975                                                                                                   4

Part 2—Transitional provisions                                                                               81

Division 1—Introduction                                                                                           81

Division 2—New Act does not apply to de facto relationships breaking down before commencement          81

Division 3—De facto relationships linked to earlier participating jurisdictions 82

Division 4—De facto relationships linked to later participating jurisdictions 85

Division 5—Application of new Act to transitioning agreements                      89

Schedule 2—Consequential amendments relating to de facto financial matters 91

A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999                                                 91

Bankruptcy Act 1966                                                                                                 91

Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989                                                                     93

Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988                                      94

Federal Magistrates Act 1999                                                                                 95

First Home Saver Accounts Act 2008                                                                     96

Income Tax Assessment Act 1997                                                                             96

Proceeds of Crime Act 2002                                                                                     97

Social Security Act 1991                                                                                           97

Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986                                                                             98

Schedule 3—Amendments relating to financial agreements about marriage         99

Part 1—Clarifying that other persons can be parties                                    99

Family Law Act 1975                                                                                                 99

Part 2—Separation declarations                                                                            104

Family Law Act 1975                                                                                               104

Part 3—Matrimonial causes                                                                                    107

Family Law Act 1975                                                                                               107

Part 4—Other amendments                                                                                     108

Family Law Act 1975                                                                                               108

Schedule 4—Other measures                                                                                       109

Family Law Act 1975                                                                                               109

Proceeds of Crime Act 2002                                                                                   109

 



A Bill for an Act to amend the Family Law Act 1975 , and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1   Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Family Law Amendment (De Facto Financial Matters and Other Measures) Act 2008 .

2   Commencement

             (1)  Each provision of this Act specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with column 2 of the table. Any other statement in column 2 has effect according to its terms.

 

Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Provision(s)

Commencement

Date/Details

1.  Sections 1 to 3 and an ything in this Act not elsewhere covered by this table

The day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

2.  Schedule 1

A single day to be fixed by Proclamation.

However, if any of the provision(s) do not commence within the period of 6 months beginning on the day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent, they commence on the first day after the end of that period.

 

3.  Schedule 2, items 1 to 32

At the same time as the provision(s) covered by table item 2.

 

4.  Schedule 2, item 33

The later of:

(a) the commencement of the provision(s) covered by table item 2; and

(b) the commencement of the First Home Saver Accounts Act 2008 .

However, the provision(s) do not commence at all if the event mentioned in paragraph (b) does not occur.

 

5.  Schedule 2, items 34 to 52

At the same time as the provision(s) covered by table item 2.

 

6.  Schedule 3

The day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

7.  Schedule 4, item 1

A single day to be fixed by Proclamation.

However, if any of the provision(s) do not commence within the period of 6 months beginning on the day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent, they commence on the first day after the end of that period.

 

8.  Schedule 4, item 2

Immediately after the commencement of section 330 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 .

1 January 2003

Note:          This table relates only to the provisions of this Act as originally passed by both Houses of the Parliament and assented to. It will not be expanded to deal with provisions inserted in this Act after assent.

             (2)  Column 3 of the table contains additional information that is not part of this Act. Information in this column may be added to or edited in any published version of this Act.

3   Schedule(s)

                   Each Act that is specified in a Schedule to this Act is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this Act has effect according to its terms.