Family Provision and Family Farming

7 Pages Posted: 7 Jul 2017  

Malcolm Voyce

Macquarie Law School

Date Written: July 4, 2017


This article describes how rural claimants have had their claims dealt with under family provision legislation. As regards this legislation, this article concentrates on the expectations of farming sons who have worked on farms and who may expect to receive a major share of a family property. Their claim is compared against the claims of daughters and widows. The article contends that family provision legislation, which in many cases works to the advantage of farming sons, reflects forms of patriarchy which overlap with and incorporate rural ideas of labour and the place of women on farms.

Suggested Citation

Voyce, Malcolm, Family Provision and Family Farming (July 4, 2017). Available at SSRN: or

Malcolm Voyce (Contact Author)

Macquarie Law School ( email )

NSW 2109

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