Testator's family maintenance        

Reference received: ​29 June 1966

Substitute reference received: 15 October 1973

Report

Report 28: The Testator’s Family Maintenance and Guardianship of Infants Act 1916 [PDF, 497Kb], June 1977

Tabled in parliament: 16 August 1977

Legislative action: Family Provis​ion Act 1982; ​Testator’s Family Maintenance and Guardianship of Infants (Family Provision) Amendment Act 1982; Wills, Probate and Administration (Family Provision) Amendment Act 1982 

Judicial citation: White v Barron (1980) 144 CLR 431 at 440; Murray v Heggs (1980) 6 FamLR 781; In the Marriage of Smith (1984) 9 FamLR 675​; Luciano v Rosenblum (1985) 2 NSWLR 65,  69; O’Shaughnessy v Mantle (1986) 7 NSWLR 142 at 146; Re Fulop (1987) 8 NSWLR 679 at 681Wade v Harding (1987) 11 NSWLR 551 at 556; Churton v Christian (1988) 13 NSWLR 241 at 248Dijkhuijs (formerly Coney) v Barclay (1988) 13 NSWLR 639 at 649; Dunn v The Public Trustee (NSW SC, No 2774/1987, Powell J, 1 June 1989, unreported) 25; Valenta v Valenta (NSW SC, No 1279/1990, Powell J, 19 June 1991, unreported) 1Tsivinsky v Tsivinsky (NSW CA, 5 December 1991, unreported) per Kirby P, 12; Schaeffer v Schaeffer (1994) 36 NSWLR 315 at 320; Wentworth v Wentworth (1995) 37 NSWLR 703, 719, 720, 723 and 725; De Winter v Johnstone (NSW CA, No 40702/1992, 23 August 1995, unreported) per Powell JA, 23Kavalee v Burbidge (1998) 43 NSWLR 422, 463, 466; Wiblen v Feros (1998) 44 NSWLR 158Dare v Furness (1998) 44 NSWLR 493; Williams v Aucutt [2000] 2 NZLR 479Zirkler v McKinnon [2002] NSWSC 285​.            

Working paper 

​Working Paper 12: Testator’s Family Maintenance and Guardianship of Infants Act 1916, 1974​ [PDF 7.22Mb]

Judicial citation: In the Estate of Turnbull [1975] 2 NSWLR 360 at 368; Wade v Harding (1987) 11 NSWLR 551 at 556Wentworth v Wentworth (NSW SC, No 3748/1989, 11 June 1992 Young J, unreported), 6Wentworth v Wentworth (1995) 37 NSWLR 703, 719Wiblen v Feros (1998) 44 NSWLR 158Barns v Barns (2003) 196 ALR 65 [132]; Fraser v Fraser [2003] NSWSC 590 [17]; Barns v Barns (2003) 77 ALJR 734 [132], [161], [165]Taylor v Lewis [2004] NSWSC 375 [74] Batty v Batty [2004] NSWSC 904Barrett v Public Trustee [2004] NSWSC 991 [52]Brady v Padol [2005] NSWSC 429 [67]; Cruickshank v Public Trustee [2005] NSWSC 390 [14]Ibrahim v Dos Remedios [2005] NSWSC 202 [50]​           

Terms of reference

To review the law relating to cases where the dispositions (if any) made by a deceased person during his life or by will do not make due provision for dependants and others including, in particular, the provisions of the Testator's Family Maintenance and Guardianship of Infants Act, 1916 (except, save as to incidental matters, the provisions of that Act relating to guardianship) and section 61A of the Wills, Probate and Administration Act, 1898, and incidental matters.

Note: See also Reference 88 - Uniform succession laws