Property Rights of Husband and Wife: A Brief Survey

  • Suraj Khetarpal


Under the Common Law a wife on marriage endowed her husband with all her worldly goods, and she also renounced all rights of ownership of any property she then, or in the future, might possess. The author examines the legislative departures from this position in England, Canada, Singapore and India. After establishing that the courts will apply "palm tree justice" where no definite intention as to the manner of ownership of property is ascertainable, the author concludes that this uncertainty in scope of judicial discretion should be removed as far as possible from the law.