The law will not enforce a treaty if there is no intention to create legal relationships. Everyone expects to have some legal rights when the purchased goods turn out to be defective or if the services ordered are not provided. The law assumes that the intention is for such contracts to be legally binding. This is the case in situations where the law considers that legal relationships called trade agreements are necessary. An agreement to share prize winnings won in a contest or lottery is legally binding, as the exercise is a kind of joint venture. In 1919, Lord Atkin, at Balfour v Balfour  (where a husband promised his wife to pay alimony while working in Ceylon) stated that there was “no intention to be legally bound”, although the wife depended on payments. The judge noted that agreements between spouses are generally not legally enforceable: the Court of Appeal decided that their appeal should fail. Two members of the court focused their decision on the absence of any consideration from the wife. Lord Atkin stressed, however, that even if there were a quid pro quo, such national agreements would clearly not be considered legally binding by the parties. He used the example of the husband who agrees to make money available to his wife in exchange for her “household and children`s sustenance.” If it is a contract, each could sue the other for non-compliance with the promised commitment.
The woman had the opportunity to enter into a contract and she had not done so. However, it is equally clear that we do not expect our national agreements to be legally binding, with the prospect of a judicial procedure if they fail. I don`t expect my kids to sue me if I pay their pocket money too late, if a friend doesn`t show up and take me to a place for a party in their car, I`ll think in turn that I`m not entitled to damages. In these situations, the law assumes that there is no intention to create legal relationships. Important: The law allows both national and commercial assumptions to be made about the intention to create legal relationships, to challenge (refuted) using evidence that showed that there were intentions to create legal relationships, in a case of national agreement, or there was no intention to create legal relationships in a trade agreement. A domestic agreement is an agreement between two people, usually in a family relationship, that defines their rights and duties. However, unlike normal contractual relations, the national affairs of the Treaty assume that there was no intention to create a legally binding agreement and that courts are often reluctant to enforce it. .