Thursday, June 26, 2008
Down Memory Lane #5
Reading through the 25th anniversary special issue of Resolution's Review, I came across a term that I haven't heard in a long while: jactitation of marriage. For those readers who are somewhat younger than me, jactitation of marriage was a procedure whereby the petitioner sought an order against a person who falsely asserted that they were married to the petitioner. It now seems strange that this was so commonplace that it required a procedure of its own, although I certainly never dealt with a case myself. In fact, I'm not entirely sure why I was aware of the procedure - was it included in the family law course when I was at the College of Law? Not surprisingly, jactitation of marriage was consigned to the dustbin of history, when it was abolished by section 61 of the Family Law Act 1986.