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FAMILY LAW ACT 1975 - SECT 124A

Regulations in relation to overseas-related maintenance obligations etc.

             (1)  The regulations may make provision for, and in relation to, the following matters:

                     (a)  giving effect to an international agreement that relates to maintenance obligations arising from family relationship, parentage or marriage;

                     (b)  maintenance obligations arising from family relationship, parentage or marriage, where:

                              (i)  the maintenance is claimed by or on behalf of a person who is in a reciprocating jurisdiction; or

                             (ii)  the person from whom the maintenance is claimed is in a reciprocating jurisdiction.

             (2)  Regulations made for the purposes of this section may:

                     (a)  confer jurisdiction on a federal court (other than the High Court) or a court of a Territory; or

                     (b)  invest a court of a State with federal jurisdiction.

             (4)  In this section:

"international agreement " means an agreement whose parties are:

                     (a)  Australia and a foreign country; or

                     (b)  Australia and 2 or more foreign countries.

"reciprocating jurisdiction " means:

                     (a)  a foreign country; or

                     (b)  a part of a foreign country;

that is prescribed by the regulations to be a reciprocating jurisdiction for the purposes of this section.



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