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The application of contract law principles in domestic contracts

Ibrahim, Norliah and Abd Ghadas, Zuhairah Ariff and Zakariah, Asri Amirul and Abdullah Asuhaimi, Farhanin (2015) The application of contract law principles in domestic contracts. Pertanika Journal of Social Science & Humanities, 23 (S). pp. 281-290. ISSN 0128-7702

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A domestic contract refers to agreement between persons having family relationship and despite the general rule of contract, that parties in social, domestic and family agreements do not have intention to create legal relations, domestic contracts are legally binding. In the context of family law, domestic contracts normally involves marriage contracts and separation agreements which includes among others; pre-nuptial agreement, settlement agreement, division of matrimonial property agreement and custody of children agreement. Despite the common nature and structure of domestic contract as a typical agreement, there are concerns by the family law practitioners that domestic contracts should be interpreted differently from the commercial or other types of contract and judges should have special or additional factors of consideration in giving effect to the contracts. In Malaysia, there is a proposal for the formation of a Family Court to improve procedures and providing a better service to families. The main objective of the Family Court is to empower the parties to resolve their disputes by mutual consent and in a manner that best serves the needs of the children involved. With the proposal for the establishment of family court, it is very important for the court to determines the approaches which shall be applied by the family court on domestic contract in comaprison to the judicail approaches on commercial contracts. This paper examines approaches of the courts in dealing with “family contracts” and compares them with the judicial approaches in dealing with commercial contracts. Research methodology adopted in this paper are statutory and doctrinal analysis.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 1402/48041
Uncontrolled Keywords: Domestic contract; family law; contract law; family court
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 Islamic Law
Depositing User: Dr Norliah Ibrahim
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2016 10:27
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2018 08:29
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/48041

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