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FAMILY LAW ACT 1975 - SECT 112AC

Meaning of reasonable excuse for contravening an order

             (1)  The circumstances in which a person may be taken to have had, for the purposes of this Part, a reasonable excuse for contravening an order under this Act include, but are not limited to, the circumstances set out in subsection (2).

             (2)  A person (in this subsection called the respondent ) shall be taken to have had a reasonable excuse for contravening an order under this Act if:

                     (a)  the respondent contravened the order because, or substantially because, he or she did not, at the time of the contravention, understand the obligations imposed by the order on the person who was bound by it; and

                     (b)  the court is satisfied that the respondent ought to be excused in respect of the contravention.



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