chapter  2
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The family law is governed by the Family Law Act (FLA) 1996. This chapter implements the autumn of 1997, repealed the former domestic violence specific law in its entirety. The recent Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, section 120 amends the FLA 1996 by inserting a new s 63CA making it an offence to breach a Forced Marriage Protection Order (FMPO). Initially domestic violence protection was rooted in the concept of protecting the wife, whether she was a house owner or not, from being driven out of the home. This protection was first provided by means of successive Matrimonial Homes Acts (MHAs), giving rights of occupation which could be invoked to remove violent husbands or to exclude them and allow the wife back in. The Senior Courts Act 1981 following the creation by the Constitutional Reform Act 2005 of the new Supreme Court replaces the former House of Lords jurisdiction as the final appellate court in the United Kingdom.