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Naar Een Billijk Relatie-Vermogensrecht (Dutch) (Towards an Equitable Relational Property Law)


Alain Laurent P. G. Verbeke


University of Leuven, Director Rector Roger Dillemans Family Property Law Institute, Codirector Institute for Contract Law, Codirector Leuven Center for Notary Law; Harvard Law School; University of Leuven, Faculty of Psychology; Antwerp Management School; Tilburg Law School Department of Private Law and TISCO; Catholic University of Portugal (UCP) - Católica Global School of Law; Greenille Attorneys

March 17, 2001

Tijdschrift voor Privaatrecht (Journal of Private Law), pp. 373-402, 2001

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In this article I sketch the principles that should underly an equitable system of property law not only for married couples but also for unmarried cohabitants in an intimate conjugal relationship. After explaining some points of criticism on the Belgian marital property law system, I elaborate on criteria that may serve as the basis for an equitable marital property law system. One point is that marital property law should create in the internal relationship between spouses some level of fairness, also upon divorce. I therefore argue that contracts of pure and simple separation of property should be invalid and that an imperative system of participation in marital gains, through an obligatory claim between the spouses, should be introduce. My second point is that marital property law should have no external effects. Third parties and creditors should not be advantaged nor prejudiced by marital property rules. Towards third parties the marital property regime should be irrelevant, giving full application to the common property rules.

In a second part of the article, I then argue that such reasoning should not be limited to married couples but equally applicable to all intimate conjugal relations. As soon as such relationship surpasses a turning point of commitment (be it a common child or x years of cohabitation), there deeds and actions of living in reality like a married couple should overrule their words or choice of living together without commitment. The imperative participation mechanism should also apply to such couples, as well as other rules of e.g. alimony and inheritance law. That is why I argue we should get rid of marital property law to have it replace by relational property law.

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Number of Pages in PDF File: 15

Keywords: Marital Property Law, Marital Contract, Inheritance Law, Alimony, Creditors

JEL Classification: K 11, K12

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Verbeke, Alain Laurent P. G., Naar Een Billijk Relatie-Vermogensrecht (Dutch) (Towards an Equitable Relational Property Law) (March 17, 2001). Tijdschrift voor Privaatrecht (Journal of Private Law), pp. 373-402, 2001. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1788843

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Alain Laurent P. G. Verbeke (Contact Author)
University of Leuven, Director Rector Roger Dillemans Family Property Law Institute, Codirector Institute for Contract Law, Codirector Leuven Center for Notary Law ( email )
Tiensestraat 41
Leuven, 3000
Belgium
003216325203 (Phone)
003216325296 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://www.law.kuleuven.be/fvr
Harvard Law School ( email )
Cambridge, MA
United States
HOME PAGE: http://www.pon.harvard.edu/
University of Leuven, Faculty of Psychology
Oude Markt 13
Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant 3000
Belgium
HOME PAGE: http://ppw.kuleuven.be/english/wopp/leuven-center-for-collaborative-management
Antwerp Management School ( email )
Het Brantijser
Sint-Jacobsmarkt 9-13
Antwerp, 2000
Belgium
Tilburg Law School Department of Private Law and TISCO ( email )
Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands
HOME PAGE: http://www.tilburguniversity.edu/research/institutes-and-research-groups/tisco/
Catholic University of Portugal (UCP) - Católica Global School of Law
Lisboa
Portugal
HOME PAGE: http://www.fd.lisboa.ucp.pt/site/custom/template/ucptplfac.asp?sspageID=3293&lang=2
Greenille Attorneys ( email )
Boulevard de la Woluwe 2
1150 Brussels
Belgium
003227380650 (Phone)
003227380660 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://www.greenille.eu
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