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Hayes & Williams' Family Law

Hayes & Williams' Family Law (7th edn)

Stephen Gilmore and Lisa Glennon
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date: 03 June 2023

p. 2875. Property disputes when non-formalised relationships breakdownlocked

p. 2875. Property disputes when non-formalised relationships breakdownlocked

  • Stephen GilmoreStephen GilmoreProfessor of Family Law, King’s College London
  •  and Lisa Glennon


This chapter explores how the family finances are dealt with following the breakup between cohabitants in non-formal relationships. In particular, it considers property law disputes between cohabitants on relationship breakdown and the application of the law of trusts to determine the resolution of such disputes. As these are principles of general application which have not been designed specifically to deal with the financial consequences of relationship breakdown between cohabitants, the chapter highlights how they are generally regarded as inadequate to resolve family property disputes, producing unfair outcomes in certain situations.

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