Updated to 4 September 2020 (Act No. 13 of 2020 and S.I. No. 336 of 2020)

Contents

Commencement

SectionCommencement DateCommencement Information
Ss. 1-3 18 January 2016 Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) Order 2016 (S.I. No. 12 of 2016), art. 3(a)
Ss. 4-42 4 May 2020 Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Parts 2 and 3) (Commencement) Order 2019 (S.I. No. 541 of 2019), art. 2
S. 43(a)(i), (ii) 18 January 2016 Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) Order 2016 (S.I. No. 12 of 2016), art. 3(b)
S. 43(a)(iii) 4 May 2020 Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) Order 2019 (S.I. No. 624 of 2019), arts. 2, 2(a)
S. 43(a)(iv) insofar as it inserts the definitions of "Act of 2015" and "donor-conceived child" in s. 2 of the Guardian of Infants Act 1964 (7/1964) 4 May 2020 Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) Order 2019 (S.I. No. 624 of 2019), arts. 2, 2(a)
s. 43(a)(iv) other than insofar as it inserts the definitions of "Act of 2015" and "donor-conceived child" in s. 2 of the Guardianship of Infants Act 1964 (7/1964) 18 January 2016 Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) Order 2016 (S.I. No. 12 of 2016), art. 3(b)
S. 43(b), (c) 18 January 2016 Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) Order 2016 (S.I. No. 12 of 2016), art. 3(b)
Ss. 44-46 18 January 2016 Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) Order 2016 (S.I. No. 12 of 2016), art. 3(b)
S. 47 insofar as it is not already in operation 2 November 2017 Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Commencement) (No. 2) Order 2017 (S.I. No. 474 of 2017), art. 3(a)
S. 47(c) other than insofar as section 6(4) of the Guardianship of Infants Act 1964 (7/1964), amended by that paragraph, relates to section 6(1A) of the Guardianship of Infants Act 1964 (7/1964) 31 July 2017 Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Commencement) Order 2017 (S.I. No. 355 of 2017), art. 3
S. 48 18 January 2016 Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) Order 2016 (S.I. No. 12 of 2016), art. 3(b)
S. 49 insofar as it inserts s. 6B in the Guardianship of Infants Act 1964 (7/1964) and s. 6F of that Act, inserted by that section, relates to s. 6B(3) of that Act 4 May 2020 Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) Order 2019 (S.I. No. 624 of 2019), arts. 2, 2(a)
S. 49 other than insofar as it inserts s. 6B in the Guardianship of Infants Act 1964 (7/1964) and s. 6F of that Act, inserted by that section, relates to s. 6B(3) of that Act  18 January 2016 Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) Order 2016 (S.I. No. 12 of 2016), art. 3(b)
S. 50 18 January 2016 Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) Order 2016 (S.I. No. 12 of 2016), art. 3(b)
S. 51 insofar as section 8 of the Guardianship of Infants Act 1964 (7/1964), amended by that section, relates to section 6B of that Act 4 May 2020 Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) Order 2019 (S.I. No. 624 of 2019), arts. 2, 2(a)
S. 51 other than insofar as section 8 of the Guardianship of Infants Act 1964 (7/1964), amended by that section, relates to section 6B of that Act  18 January 2016 Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) Order 2016 (S.I. No. 12 of 2016), art. 3(b)
Ss. 52-63 18 January 2016 Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) Order 2016 (S.I. No. 12 of 2016), art. 3(b)
Ss. 64, 65 4 May 2020 Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) Order 2019 (S.I. No. 624 of 2019), arts. 2, 2(b)
S. 66(a), (b) 2 November 2017 Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Commencement) (No. 2) Order 2017 (S.I. No. 474 of 2017), art. 3(b)
S. 66(c) insofar as it relates to the insertion of subsection (2)(b) in section 27A of the Succession Act 1965 (27/1965) 4 May 2020 Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) Order 2019 (S.I. No. 624 of 2019), arts. 2, 2(b)
S. 66(c) other than insofar as it relates to the insertion of subsection (2)(b) in section 27A of the Succession Act 1965 (27/1965) 2 November 2017 Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Commencement) (No. 2) Order 2017 (S.I. No. 474 of 2017), art. 3(b)
S. 67 4 May 2020 Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) Order 2019 (S.I. No. 624 of 2019), arts. 2, 2(b)
S. 68 18 January 2016 Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) Order 2016 (S.I. No. 12 of 2016). art. 3(c)
S. 69 4 May 2020 Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) Order 2019 (S.I. No. 624 of 2019), arts. 2, 2(b)
S. 70 18 January 2016 Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) Order 2016 (S.I. No. 12 of 2016), art. 3(c)
S. 71 18 January 2016 Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) Order 2016 (S.I. No. 12 of 2016), art. 3(d)
S. 72(a) 4 May 2020 Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) Order 2019 (S.I. No. 624 of 2019), arts. 2, 2(c)
S. 72(b) 18 January 2016 Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) Order 2016 (S.I. No. 12 of 2016), art. 3(d)
Ss. 73, 74 18 January 2016 Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) Order 2016 (S.I. No. 12 of 2016), art. 3(d)
S. 75 4 May 2020 Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) Order 2019 (S.I. No. 624 of 2019), arts. 2, 2(c)
S. 76 18 January 2016 Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) Order 2016 (S.I. No. 12 of 2016), art. 3(d)
S. 77 4 May 2020 Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) Order 2019 (S.I. No. 624 of 2019), arts. 2, 2(c)
S. 78 18 January 2016 Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) Order 2016 (S.I. No. 12 of 2016), art. 3(d)
S. 79 insofar as it inserts the definitions of "Act of 2015", "donor-conceived child", "parent" and "second parent" into the Status of Children Act 1987 (26/1987), s. 33 4 May 2020 Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) Order 2019 (S.I. No. 624 of 2019), arts. 2, 2(d)
S. 79 other than insofar as it inserts the definitions of "Act of 2015", "donor-conceived child", "parent" and "second parent" into the Status of Children Act 1987 (26/1987), s. 33 18 January 2016 Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) Order 2016 (S.I. No. 12 of 2016), art. 3(e)
S. 80 insofar as ss. 35(1)(b), (1A), (1B) and (8) of the Status of Children Act 1987 (26/1987) amended by that section relate to a "second parent" 4 May 2020 Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) Order 2019 (S.I. No. 624 of 2019), arts. 2, 2(d)
S. 80 other than insofar as ss. 35(1)(b), (1A), (1B) and (8) of the Status of Children Act 1987 (26/1987) amended by that section relate to a "second parent" 18 January 2016 Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) Order 2016 (S.I. No. 12 of 2016), art. 3(e)
S. 81 insofar as it inserts the definitions of "Act of 2015", "DAHR procedure", "donor-conceived child" and "parent" into the Status of Children Act 1987 (26/1987), s. 37 4 May 2020 Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) Order 2019 (S.I. No. 624 of 2019), arts. 2, 2(d)
S. 81 other than insofar as it inserts the definitions of "Act of 2015", "DAHR procedure", "donor-conceived child" and "parent" into the Status of Children Act 1987 (26/1987), s. 37 18 January 2016 Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) Order 2016 (S.I. No. 12 of 2016), art. 3(e)
Ss. 82-88 18 January 2016 Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) Order 2016 (S.I. No. 12 of 2016), art. 3(e)
Ss. 89-91 18 January 2016 Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) Order 2016 (S.I. No. 12 of 2016), art. 3(f)
Ss. 92-99 6 October 2019 Commenced as per s. 1(7), as amended by the Civil Registration Act 2019 (13/2019), s. 12
S. 100 1 July 2015 Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Part 10) (Commencement) Order 2015 (S.I. No. 263 of 2015), art. 2
Ss. 101-134 Not yet commenced. Requires commencement order under s. 1
S. 135 insofar as paragraph (a) of the definition of "dependent child of the civil partners", inserted by that section in section 2 of the Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010 (24/2010), relates to a dependent child adopted by both civil partners under the Adoption Act 2010 (21/2010) 2 November 2017 Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Commencement) (No. 2) Order 2017 (S.I. No. 474 of 2017), art. 3(c)
S. 135 other than insofar as paragraph (a) of the definition of "dependent child of the civil partners" inserted by that section in s. 2 of the Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010 (24/2010) relates to a dependent child of both civil partners or adopted by both civil partners under the Adoption Act 2010 (21/2010) 18 January 2016 Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) Order 2016 (S.I. No. 12 of 2016), art. 3(g)
Ss. 136-150 18 January 2016 Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) Order 2016 (S.I. No. 12 of 2016), art. 3(h)
S. 151 other than insofar as subs. (2), inserted by that section, in Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010 (24/2010), s. 113, relates to Guardianship of Infants Act 1964 (7/1964), s. 6B 2 November 2017 Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Commencement) (No. 2) Order 2017 (S.I. No. 474 of 2017), art. 3(d)
Ss. 151 insofar as subs. (2), inserted by that section, in Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010 (24/2010), s. 113, relates to Guardianship of Infants Act 1964 (7/1964), s. 6B 4 May 2020 Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) Order 2019 (S.I. No. 624 of 2019), arts. 2, 2(e)
Ss. 152-172 18 January 2016 Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) Order 2016 (S.I. No. 12 of 2016), art. 3(i)
Ss. 173-175 18 January 2016 Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) Order 2016 (S.I. No. 12 of 2016), art. 3(j)
S. 176 4 May 2020 Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) Order 2019 (S.I. No. 624 of 2019), arts. 2, 2(f)
S. 177 Not yet commenced. Requires commencement order under s. 1
Ss. 178-180 18 January 2016 Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) Order 2016 (S.I. No. 12 of 2016), art. 3(j)

Amendments and other effects

How AffectedAffecting Provision
Act included in definition of family law proceedings Mediation Act 2017 (27/2017), ss. 1(2), 2
Collectively cited Child Care Acts excluded from application of Mediation Act 2017 (27/2017), ss. 1(2), 3(1)(i)
S. 1(7) substituted Civil Registration Act 2019 (13/2019), s. 12
S. 4(a)(ii) amended Children and Family Relationships (Amendment) Act 2018 (20/2018), ss. 2, 5(2)
S. 5(1)(b) amended Marriage Act 2015 (No. 35 of 2015), ss. 1(2), 23(a)
S. 5(8)(a) amended Marriage Act 2015 (No. 35 of 2015), ss. 1(2), 23(a)
S. 5(8)(b) amended Marriage Act 2015 (No. 35 of 2015), ss. 1(2), 23(a)
S. 9(3)(d) amended Marriage Act 2015 (No. 35 of 2015), ss. 1(2), 23(b)
S. 11(1) amended Marriage Act 2015 (No. 35 of 2015), ss. 1(2), 23(c)
S. 11(3)(a) amended Marriage Act 2015 (No. 35 of 2015), ss. 1(2), 23(c)
S. 14(7) amended Children and Family Relationships (Amendment) Act 2018 (20/2018), ss. 3, 5(2)
S. 16(7) amended Children and Family Relationships (Amendment) Act 2018 (20/2018), ss. 4, 5(2)
S. 25(3)(b)(ii) amended Marriage Act 2015 (No. 35 of 2015), ss. 1(2), 23(d)
S. 27(5) form of certification prescribed for the purposes of Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Certification) Regulations 2019 (S.I. No. 546 of 2019), regs. 1(2), 3, schedule
S.27(5)(c)(i) substituted Civil Registration Act 2019 (13/2019), ss. 13, 14(4)
S. 27(5)(e) amended Marriage Act 2015 (No. 35 of 2015), ss. 1(2), 23(e)
S. 41 form of declaration under s. 6(1)(c) prescribed for the purposes of Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Consent to Use Declaration) Regulations 2019 (S.I. No. 544 of 2019), regs. 1(2), 3(a), schedule 1
S. 41 form of declaration under s. 9(1)(c) prescribed for the purposes of Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Consent to Parentage Declaration) Regulations 2019 (S.I. No. 545 of 2019), regs. 1(2), 3(a), schedule, pt. 1
S. 41 form of declaration under s. 11(1)(d) prescribed for the purposes of Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Consent to Parentage Declaration) Regulations 2019 (S.I. No. 545 of 2019), regs. 1(2), 3(b), schedule, pt. 2
S. 41 form of declaration under s. 14(5)(b) prescribed for the purposes of Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Consent to Use Declaration) Regulations 2019 (S.I. No. 544 of 2019), regs. 1(2), 3(b), schedule 2
S. 41 form of declaration under s. 16(5)(b) prescribed for the purposes of Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Consent to Use Declaration) Regulations 2019 (S.I. No. 544 of 2019), regs. 1(2), 3(c), schedule 3
Ss. 101-134 deleted Adoption (Amendment) Act 2017, s. 2(2)

SIs made under the Act

SectionSIs made under the Act
S. 21 District Court (Children and Family Relationships Act 2015) Rules 2016 (S.I. No. 17 of 2016)
S. 41 Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Certification) Regulations 2019 (S.I. No. 546 of 2019)
  Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Consent to Parentage Declaration) Regulations 2019 (S.I. No. 545 of 2019)
  Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Consent to Use Declaration) Regulations 2019 (S.I. No. 544 of 2019)