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FAMILY LAW ACT 1975 - SECT 60HA

Children of de facto partners

             (1)  For the purposes of this Act, a child is the child of a person who has, or had, a de facto partner if:

                     (a)  the child is a child of the person and the person's de facto partner; or

                     (b)  the child is adopted by the person and the person's de facto partner or by either of them with the consent of the other; or

                     (c)  the child is, under subsection 60H(1) or section 60HB, a child of the person and the person's de facto partner.

This subsection has effect subject to subsection (2).

             (2)  A child of current or former de facto partners ceases to be a child of those partners for the purposes of this Act if the child is adopted by a person who, before the adoption, is not a prescribed adopting parent.

             (3)  The following provisions apply in relation to a child of current or former de facto partners who is adopted by a prescribed adopting parent:

                     (a)  if a court granted leave under section 60G for the adoption proceedings to be commenced--the child ceases to be a child of those partners for the purposes of this Act;

                     (b)  in any other case--the child continues to be a child of those partners for the purposes of this Act.

             (4)  In this section:

"this Act " includes:

                     (a)  the standard Rules of Court; and

                     (b)  the related Federal Circuit Court Rules.



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