Status of Children Act 1969

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Version as at 28 October 2021

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Status of Children Act 1969

Public Act
1969 No 18
Date of assent
22 August 1969
see section 1(2)

The Parliamentary Counsel Office has made editorial and format changes to this version using the powers under subpart 2 of Part 3 of the Legislation Act 2019.

Note 4 at the end of this version provides a list of the amendments included in it.

This Act is administered by the Ministry of Justice.


Title [Repealed]
1Short Title and commencement
2APurpose of sections 3 and 4
3All children of equal status
4Instruments executed and intestacies which take place before the commencement of this Act
5Presumptions as to parenthood
5AGrant of letters of administration
6Reasonable inquiries to precede distribution
6AReasonable inquiries that comply
6BProtection of executors, administrators, and trustees
6CWarning notices
6DService of warning notices
7Recognition of paternity
8Evidence and proof of paternity
9Instruments of acknowledgment may be filed with Registrar-General
10Declaration as to paternity
12Repeals and consequential amendments
13Purpose of this Part
15AHR procedure defined
16Application of Part
17Woman who becomes pregnant is mother even though ovum is donated by another woman
18When woman’s non-donor partner is parent, and non-partner semen donor or ovum donor is not parent
19Partnered woman: ovum donor not parent unless mother’s partner at time of conception
20Woman acting alone: non-partner ovum donor not parent unless later becomes mother’s partner
21Partnered woman: non-partner semen donor not parent
22Woman acting alone: non-partner semen donor not parent unless later becomes mother’s partner
23Non-partner ovum donor
24Non-partner semen donor
25Only first non-partner donor to later become mother’s partner becomes parent
26Conflicting evidence of paternity
27Partner’s consent is presumed
Title [Repealed]