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When a House is not the (Matrimonial) Home: The Division of Multigenerational Matrimonial Homes in Singapore

Chan, Leon Vincent; (2023) When a House is not the (Matrimonial) Home: The Division of Multigenerational Matrimonial Homes in Singapore. Singapore Academy of Law Journal , 35 , Article 217. Green open access

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Abstract

The ways in which families organise their lives are neither uniform nor universal. The recent decisions of TQU v TQT [2020] SGCA 8 and VOD v VOC [2022] SGHC(A) 6 have demonstrated the difficulty in understanding the place of a multigenerational matrimonial home – a single property that is a matrimonial home to two different family nuclei. In this article, using Singapore as a case study, the author argues that a single property can be the matrimonial home for two different families and that a party’s part interest in the multigenerational matrimonial home should be included in the pool of matrimonial assets for division. The author further advances a novel argument that the classification methodology can be applied by the courts to take into account the ownership and residence of the other family in the multigenerational matrimonial home as a “clear reason to make a different calculation” for the multigenerational matrimonial home vis-à-vis the other matrimonial assets, and may be applied alongside the use of unequal weightages being ascribed to direct and indirect contributions.

Type: Article
Title: When a House is not the (Matrimonial) Home: The Division of Multigenerational Matrimonial Homes in Singapore
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://journalsonline.academypublishing.org.sg/Jo...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Family, divorce, child, property
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Laws
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10172350
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