Abstract

ABROGATING THE DOCTRINE OF NECESSARIES IN FLORIDA: THE FUTURE OF SPOUSAL LIABILITY FOR NECESSARY EXPENSES AFTER CONNOR V. SOUTHWEST FLORIDA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER, INC.

SHAWN M. WILLSON

Copyright 1997 Florida State University Law Review

The common-law doctrine of necessaries held a husband liable to third parties for any necessaries the third party provided to his wife. In 1995, the Florida Supreme Court abrogated the doctrine in Connor v. Southwest Florida Regional Medical Center, Inc., leaving it to the Florida Legislature to codify the doctrine if it wished. Part II of this Comment examines the history of the necessaries doctrine in Florida and provides an overview of the court's Connor decision. Part III explores the decisions of other states addressing the necessaries issue. In addition, Part III discusses the options that legislatures may consider and the need for any of these options in today's society. Finally, Part IV concludes that the Florida Legislature should not codify any form of the necessaries doctrine.

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