Friday, March 23, 2012

Balfour v. Balfour case brief

Balfour v. Balfour; (Ct of Appeal, England, 1919); CB 191; Notes 23
Familial contracts; courts favor abstention
  • Facts: husband P goes to work in Sri Lanka, leaving wife in Britain. Before leaving he promises her stipends for her maintenance. Eventually stops sending them.
  • Holding: No remedy. Bargain between husband and wife not enforceable at law b/c it’s not a K. Wife can seek other remedies under alimony theory, and prefers forum of family court address case, where socially protected status afforded.
  • Commentary: the parties didn’t intend that the promise would be enforceable in a court of law. Sometimes courts say that social promises and promises between family members are unenforceable b/c the parties did not intend them to have legal consequences.

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