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FAMILY LAW ACT 1975 - SECT 66D

Principles--when step-parents have a duty to maintain

             (1)  The step-parent of a child has, subject to this Division, the duty of maintaining a child if, and only if, a court, by order under section 66M, determines that it is proper for the step-parent to have that duty.

             (2)  Any duty of a step-parent to maintain a step-child:

                     (a)  is a secondary duty subject to the primary duty of the parents of the child to maintain the child; and

                     (b)  does not derogate from the primary duty of the parents to maintain the child.



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