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The Property Rights of Cohabitees

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ISBN13: 9781901362763
ISBN: 1901362760
Published: April 1999
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £86.00



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Although disputes upon the termination of a marriage are usually resolved in accordance with a legislatively determined scheme, similar disputes between unmarried cohabitees (except in certain Australian jurisdictions) have to be determined on the basis of rules developed by the courts.

Much of the difficulty surrounding the area is attributable to the fact that it straddles a number of the traditional legal compartments, falling somewhere between Equity, Property, Family, Contract and Restitution.

This book seeks to break down some of the barriers which in the past have hindered a full understanding of the issues involved. It begins with an introductory chapter which places heterosexual and homosexual cohabitation in its general social and legal context. The focus then turns to a doctrinal analysis of equity's response in five common law jurisdictions.

Part of the problem has been that the special circumstances of the family situation have created an impulse to ""cheat"" on the strict legal rules in order to do justice in an individual case. Unfortunately, there has been no consensus as to which particular rule to bend, with the result that a wide variety of competing doctrines have arisen.

The book makes a determined effort to isolate each strand of the doctrinal tangle and to trace it back to its source. To this end, it considers developments in the established doctrines of resulting trust and estoppel, before moving on to consider, in turn:-

  • the English ""common intention"" trust;
  • the modified resulting trust analysis favoured in Ireland;
  • Lord Denning's abortive ""constructive trust of a new model"";
  • the Canadian unjust enrichment approach;
  • the Australian ""unconscionability"" doctrine;
  • and, finally, New Zealand's ""reasonable expectations"" model.
A comparative approach is taken throughout the book, culminating in a concluding chapter which draws together a number of themes which recur across the various doctrinal approaches.

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Subjects:
Property Law
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mental and physical illness - an unsustainable separation?,
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public policy via law - practitioner's sword and politician's shield,
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client and clinician - law as an intrusion,
Fiona Caldicott, Edna Conlan and Anthony Zigmond
law as a clinical tool - practising within and outwith the law,
Ian Bynoe and Tony Holland
law as a rights protector - assessing the Mental Health Act 1983,
Genevra Richardson and Oliver Thorold
the citizen mental patient,
Peter Barham and Marian Barnes
auditing the effectiveness of mental health law,
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madness and moral panics,
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decision making and mental health law,
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researching law,
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afterword - integrating mental health and justice,
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