One of the purposes of family law is to ensure that there is a fair and equitable distribution of matrimonial property between the parties to a marriage. The primary purpose of bankruptcy law has always been to realise the bankrupt’s property and distribute it for the benefit of unsecured creditors. Where the two intersect has always raised difficult questions of law, procedure and policy, which have in turn caused headaches (and probably heartaches) for litigants, judges, lawyers and trustees in bankruptcy.

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