A brief history of family law

Three dates are especially significant in a brief history of family law: 30 July 1949 when Legal Aid Act 1949 came into operation; 1 January 1971, the date of the start of Divorce Reform Act 1969 and Matrimonial Proceedings and Property Act 1970 (which together were consolidated later into Matrimonial Causes Act 1973); and 14 October 1991 the date when Children Act 1989 started its work.

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