Equality of Housekeeping

05 MAY 2006
The Family Law (Property and Maintenance) Bill was introduced in the House of Commons at the end of 2005. It abolishes the common law duty of a husband to maintain his wife and the presumption of advancement as it applies between married and engaged couples. The abolition of the common law duty of a husband to maintain his wife has no practical effect as there is no remedy by which to enforce it in any event. The Bill amends s 1 of the Married Women's Property Act 1964 so that money and property derived from a housekeeping allowance will be treated in the same way whether the allowance is made by a husband to a wife or a wife to a husband. The Bill also provides for housekeeping allowances made by civil partners to be treated in the same way as housekeeping allowances made by spouses. See June [2006] Fam Law 431 for the full news article.

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