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David Hodson on International Family Law: Special contribution in Australian law

Date:14 FEB 2014
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International Family Law Practice by David Hodson

David Hodson

A very important decision has been handed down in a landmark full Family Court decision in Australia in respect of financial outcomes on divorce especially affecting wealthy families.  The decision in the case of Kane has ended a long line of decisions giving significant weight to the so-called ‘special contribution' of the spouse who financially created the wealth of the family.

Australia has not followed the equality starting point of English case-law from White (2000) through Miller (2006) and Charman (2007) and other leading authorities and likely to find its fulfilment in proposed legislation in a Law Commission report published later in February 2014.  Although certainly...

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