Children Act, 1997

Number 40 of 1997

AN ACT TO AMEND THE GUARDIANSHIP OF INFANTS ACT, 1964, BY PROVIDING A MECHANISM FOR AND RELATING TO THE RECOGNITION OF NATURAL FATHERS AS GUARDIANS, FOR THE TAKING INTO ACCOUNT OF THE WISHES OF CHILDREN IN GUARDIANSHIP, CUSTODY AND ACCESS DECISIONS AFFECTING THEIR WELFARE, AND FOR THE SAFEGUARDING OF THE INTERESTS OF CHILDREN, INCLUDING THEIR REPRESENTATION, IN CERTAIN COURT PROCEEDINGS; AND RELATING TO THE GIVING OF EVIDENCE IN CIVIL PROCEEDINGS BY CHILDREN BY MEANS OF TELEVISION LINKS AND THROUGH INTERMEDIARIES AND THE ADMISSIBILITY OF AND WEIGHT TO BE GIVEN TO SUCH EVIDENCE; AND TO AMEND THE CIVIL LEGAL AID ACT, 1995, THE COURTS (No. 2) ACT, 1986, THE JUDICIAL SEPARATION AND FAMILY LAW REFORM ACT, 1989, THE CHILD CARE ACT, 1991, THE CHILD ABDUCTION AND ENFORCEMENT OF CUSTODY ORDERS ACT, 1991, AND THE FAMILY LAW (MAINTENANCE OF SPOUSES AND CHILDREN) ACT, 1976; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.