Care of Children Act 2004

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Reprint as at 20 September 2007

Care of Children Act 2004

Public Act2004 No 90
Date of assent21 November 2004


Changes authorised by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 have been made in this eprint.

A general outline of these changes is set out in the notes at the end of this eprint, together with other explanatory material about this eprint.



Guardianship based on parental status

Appointment of eligible spouse or partner of a parent as additional guardian

Testamentary guardians and Court-appointed guardians

Termination of guardianship

Guardianship of Court

Consent to medical procedures

Making arrangements

Resolving disputes

Consent to certain decisions

Parenting orders

Cases involving violence

Making parenting orders work


Enforcing overseas parenting orders in New Zealand

Enforcing New Zealand orders overseas

Preliminary provisions

Application for return of child

Application for access to child

Miscellaneous provisions

Jurisdictional provisions

Procedural provisions

Miscellaneous provisions

Amendments to Family Proceedings Act 1980 (extending counselling and conciliation provisions to same-sex de facto partners)

Amendments to Family Proceedings Act 1980 (parentage tests in civil proceedings)

Other amendments and repeal

Saving and transitional provisions

Reprint notes

The Parliament of New Zealand enacts as follows: