Judicial Separation and Family Law Reform Act, 1989

Additional family home jurisdiction.

19.—The court shall exercise its jurisdiction under section 16 (a) and (b) above as an additional jurisdiction to that which arises under the Family Law (Protection of Spouses and Children) Act, 1981 and the Family Home Protection Act, 1976 and shall in exercising such jurisdiction have regard to the welfare of the family as a whole and in particular shall take into consideration—

(a) that where a decree of judicial separation is granted it is not possible for the spouses to continue to reside together;

(b) that proper and secure accommodation should, where practicable, be provided for a dependent spouse and any dependent child of the family;

(c) the matters referred to in section 20 of this Act.