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Duty of full and frank disclosure in the division of matrimonial property : the law and practice in Malaysia

Ibrahim, Norliah and Abdul Hak, Nora and Che Soh @ Yusoff, Roslina (2012) Duty of full and frank disclosure in the division of matrimonial property : the law and practice in Malaysia. Australian Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences, 6 (11). pp. 306-311. ISSN 1991-8178

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Abstract

Marriage does not affect spouse’s right to acquire property. However, any property acquired during the marriage is recognized as a matrimonial property if it is evidenced that the other spouse has contributed directly or indirectly in its acquisition. On that basis, once the marriage breaks up, the parties start to distinguish the ownership of the property and desire it to be returned to the original owner or to be sold and the proceeds to be divided between them. Some divorces are concluded smoothly and amicably but in other cases both parties fight over practically everything especially their rights in matrimonial property. The governing statute provides a proper guideline on how the property is to be divided depending on whether the property is jointly or solely acquired by the party. Nonetheless, fair distribution is almost impossible if the parties fail to discharge a duty of full and frank disclosure of all information relevant to the case particularly the total assets, income and liabilities. Thus, this paper attempts to discuss the duty of full and frank disclosure in dividing matrimonial property. This will include a discussion on the power of the court to make an adverse inference against the party if they fail to discharge their duty for the purpose of sustaining fair distribution of the matrimonial property in Malaysia by referring to the relevant provisions and decided cases.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 1402/27921
Uncontrolled Keywords: Matrimonial property, full and frank disclosure, law and practice
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws > Department of Legal Practice
Depositing User: Prof. Dr. Nora Abdul Hak
Date Deposited: 28 Dec 2012 07:13
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2013 06:32
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/27921

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