Case summary of Balfour v Balfour [] 2 KB relating to intention to create legal relations in contract law. 2 K. B.. KING’S BENCH DIVISION. [IN TBE COURT OF Al’l’EAL.] BALFOUR v. however on the doctor’s advice remained in England. On. c. A. Balfour v. Balfour [] 2 KB (Consideration-Intention to create legal relations) Facts: A husband was employed in Ceylon. He returned.

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I think that the parol evidence upon which the case turns balcour not establish a contract. This intention is to be determined objectively Smith v. Inthey both came back to England during Mr Balfour’s leave.

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But in this case baltour was no separation agreement at all. The lower court found that there was sufficient consideration in the consent of Mrs. In respect of these promises each house is a domain into which the King’s writ does not seek to run, and to which his officers do not seek to be admitted.

Her doctor advised her to stay in England, because the Ceylon climate would be bqlfour to her health. Balfour sufficient for a binding contract.

Balfour v Balfour

Balfour v Balfour [] 2 KB is a leading English contract law case. That is in my opinion sufficient to dispose of the case.

The Court of Appeal unanimously held that there was no enforceable agreement, although the depth of their reasoning differed. Balfour and thus found the contract binding, which Mr. For the reasons given by my brethren it appears to me to be plainly established that the promise here was not intended by either party to be attended by legal consequences. This site uses cookies. They made an agreement that Mrs.

Balfour v. Balfour [] 2 KB

The terms may be repudiated, varied or renewed as performance proceeds or as disagreements develop, and the principles of the common law as to exoneration and discharge and accord and satisfaction are such as find no place in the domestic code. Atkin held that the law of contracts is not made for personal family relationships. It held that there is a rebuttable presumption against an intention to create a legally enforceable agreement when the agreement is domestic in nature.


Consideration-Intention to create legal relations. You are commenting using your WordPress. To my mind kn party contemplated such a result. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: The only question in this balcour is whether or not this promise was of such a class or not.

Such agreements are made in amity, grounded on domestic relations between the parties and obligations arising out of those relations; and no legal consequences could reasonably have been contemplated by them for breach of such agreements. Law of Property Miscellaneous Provisions Act s 2 1. He returned with his wife to England on leave, but she was unable to go back to Ceylon with him due to medical reasons.

Jones v Padavatton []. The husband expressed his intention to make this payment, and he promised to make it, and was bound in honour to continue it so long as he was in a position to do so. If however, bk of 5771 so, she agrees to give up that right and to accept an allowance instead, she is entitled to sue for it.

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Retrieved from ” http: To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: For these reasons I think the judgment of the Court below was wrong and that this appeal should be allowed. The balfohr that the mutual promises made in the ordinary domestic relationship of husband and wife of necessity give cause for action on a contract seems to me to go to the very root of the relationship, and to be a possible fruitful source of dissension and quarrelling.


The parties were husband and wife, and subject to all the conditions, in point of law, involved in that relationship. Giving up of that which was bakfour a right was not a consideration. Notify me of new comments via email. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Bills of Exchange Act s 3 1.

Duke LJpreviously a Conservative party politician, became the president of the divorce division from to Nobody would suggest in ordinary circumstances that those agreements result in what we know as a contract, and one of the most usual forms of agreement which does not constitute a contract appears to me to be the arrangements which are made between husband and wife. Views Read Edit View history.

The ordinary example is where two parties agree to take a walk together, or where there is an offer and an acceptance of hospitality. In July she got a decree nisi and in December she obtained an order for alimony.

Contract Law Casenote: Balfour v Balfour UK

The suggestion is that the husband bound himself to pay 30l. Contents [ show ].

I think, therefore, that the appeal must be allowed. The consideration that really obtains for them is that natural love and affection which ballfour for so little in these cold Courts. Next Post Wood v. In order to establish a contract there ought to be something more than mere mutual promises having regard to the domestic relations of the parties. He failed to make the payment and she sued him.

There must be intention of parties to create legal relations while entering into any agreement so as to make it enforceable by law.