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  1. Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2011


Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2011


The President signed into law the Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2011 on 2 August 2011.

The Act introduces a number of important reforms across a range of civil and regulatory law, including:
amendments to the Domestic Violence Act 1996 to extend the powers of the court to order protection of persons in cases of domestic violence (Part 15).

The Act amends the Domestic Violence Act 1996 so that:
• a parent may now apply for a safety order against the other parent of their child, even where the parents do not live together and may never have lived together. This ensures that the full protection of the law is available where access to a child is an occasion of intimidation or even violence between disputing parents
• the protections of the Act are available on the same basis to unmarried opposite-sex couples and same-sex couples who have not registered a civil partnership
• couples are no longer required to have lived together for a minimum period of time before one of them can obtain a safety order.

The provisions dealing with domestic violence come into operation with immediate effect.