Evaluating Judicial Discretion - Family Property Law in Australia and the USA Compared

30 Australian J. Fam. L. 134 (2016)

U of Houston Law Center No. 2017-A-3

28 Pages Posted: 7 Mar 2017

See all articles by J. Thomas Oldham

J. Thomas Oldham

University of Houston Law Center

Patrick Parkinson

University of Queensland

Date Written: March 6, 2017

Abstract

Very different rules regarding the economic consequences of divorce govern divorces in Australia and the United States. These differences are explored in this paper. We consider 6 different hypothetical divorcing couples. Prof. Parkinson predicts how each such couple would fare in an Australian divorce court, and Prof. Oldham outlines how each couple would be treated by the majority of U.S. states.

Keywords: Divorce, Equitable Distribution, Spousal Support, Alimony

Suggested Citation

Oldham, J. Thomas and Parkinson, Patrick, Evaluating Judicial Discretion - Family Property Law in Australia and the USA Compared (March 6, 2017). 30 Australian J. Fam. L. 134 (2016); U of Houston Law Center No. 2017-A-3. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2928085

J. Thomas Oldham (Contact Author)

University of Houston Law Center ( email )

4604 Calhoun Road
Houston, TX 77204-6060
United States

Patrick Parkinson

University of Queensland ( email )

Forgan Smith Building
The University of Queensland
St Lucia, Queensland 4072
Australia

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