Property regimes for cohabitees: The Civil Partnership Bill and some Antipodean Models

Wong, Simone (2004) Property regimes for cohabitees: The Civil Partnership Bill and some Antipodean Models. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 26 (4). pp. 361-375. ISSN 0964-9069. (doi: (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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This article examines issues relating to the distribution of, and the rights of cohabitees to, property at the end of cohabitation. In particular, the article considers the implications of the Civil Partnership Bill and seeks to argue that more radical reform is needed to deal with property matters that arise in cohabiting relationships, whether heterosexual or same-sex. The token gesture of creating a new civil status for same-sex cohabitation fails to resolve these more substantive issues at the end of cohabitation. In that respect, the article examines whether reform for relationship recognition should be premised on a registration or a presumptive regime. It also includes a comparative study of the approaches adopted in some Australian property distribution regimes, which provides useful insights on the way in which a broader approach may be taken in resolving property disputes in a wider range of domestic relationships.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Cohabitation; relationship breakdown; property regimes; Civil Partnership Bill
Subjects: K Law
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Law School
Depositing User: A. Davies
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2007 19:02 UTC
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2011 23:23 UTC
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