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A failure of trust: resolving property disputes on cohabitation breakdown

Douglas, Gillian, Pearce, Julia and Woodward, Hilary 2007. A failure of trust: resolving property disputes on cohabitation breakdown. [Project Report]. Cardiff: Cardiff Law School. Available at:

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This study tracked a sample of 29 separating cohabitants to explore how they dealt with property issues arising on the breakdown of their relationship, and interviewed 61 professional practitioners about how they handle such cases. Key findings include the significant risk of injustice arising from the complexity and unpredictability of the law; the difficulty of establishing convincing evidence to support or defend a claim; and the fear of costs. The authors conclude that the current law may serve to perpetuate rather than redress injustice and that reform is both justified and overdue.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Law
Subjects: K Law > KD England and Wales
Uncontrolled Keywords: Law; cohabitation; separation; property; dispute resolution; lawyers; mediators; courts; reform
Additional Information: Full report of ESRC-funded project, RES-000-23-0714, Property issues arising on cohabitation breakdown - expectations and reality' 2004-2007
Publisher: Cardiff Law School
Last Modified: 24 May 2018 10:40

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