When a couple become engaged many people might be surprised to learn that their agreement to marry is regarded by the common law as a legally binding contract. If one party wishes to withdraw from the engagement, they do so at the risk of being liable for damages in an action for breach of promise of marriage. This project examines whether it is still necessary or desirable to retain such an action in British Columbia.
Keywords: marriage; breach of promise; damages; engagement; gift; property;
contract; reputation; loss; damage; divorce
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