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Name: Married Persons (Equality of Status) Act 1996 No 96.
Country: Australia
Subject(s): Civil, commercial and family law; Equality of opportunity and treatment
Type of legislation: Law, Act
Adopted on: 1996-11-26
Entry into force:
ISN: AUS-1996-L-93195
Bibliography: Legislation on-line Legislation on-line NSW Legislation, Australia (consulted on 2013-05-27)
Abstract/Citation: Repeals the Married Persons (Property and Torts) Act 1901 No 45.

PART 1 - Preliminary
1. Name of Act
2. Commencement
3. Notes

PART 2 - Equality of status
Division 1: General rule
4. Spouses have legal capacity as if they were not married
Division 2: Specific examples
5. Spouses can sue each other in tort
6. Criminal and civil action in respect of spouse┐s property
7. Married person has no authority to act as agent of necessity
8. Married person not liable for debts of spouse incurred before marriage
9. Spouses as beneficiaries
10. Instruments restricting anticipation or alienation are void
11. Effect of Division
Division 3: Other matters
12. Housekeeping payments and allowances held as joint tenants
13. Fraudulent investment of spouse┐s money

PART 3 - Miscellaneous
14. Regulations
15. Repeals
16. (Repealed)
17. Savings and transitional provisions
18. Review of Act

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