The wife's body belongs not only to her, but also to her husband. Similarly, the husband's body belongs not only to him, but also to his wife. Do not deprive each other except by mutual consent and for a while, so that they can devote themselves to prayer. Married couples typically own most, if not all, of their valuable assets together.
If you want to leave everything to your spouse when you die, as many people do, you don't need to worry about what belongs to you and what belongs to your spouse. If you prefer to divide your property between several beneficiaries, you'll need to know which one is yours to leave. Upon marriage, all of the married woman's property became the property of her husband, which the husband had exclusive authority to manage. The wife's income was the property of her husband and not her own.
However, trusts could be established by third parties (often a father or an uncle) for the benefit of a married woman who did not become the husband's property, and her blood relatives often gave a woman gifts that, in the case of personality, were not always in the husband's total control. However, a wife could ask a court to separate her from bed and food, which would leave the marriage intact, but would allow her to live in a different home and force her husband to support her with what amounted to alimony. There was no criminal liability for offenses other than murder committed by the husband against the wife or vice versa (e). The wife was legally obliged to maintain her domicile with her husband and could be legally obliged (with the assistance of a third party if necessary) to return to him.
In short, while a wife was not owned by a husband in 1925 and had many more legal rights than in the era of early common law, a wife still had many legal disabilities at that time and in the law alive in the minds of ordinary people, her rights were even more diminished than progressive legal rights that had under relatively recent legislation. Some of the presumptions about a husband's authority over a wife's property and a woman's obligation to share a home with her husband would have been widely understood, even though the legal basis of this living law would have been eroded and it would be outrageous in that period of time to use third parties physical force to to force a woman to return to a home or to discipline a wife. A wife's lawsuit against a third person would usually be filed by the husband, either on her behalf or in cases such as personal injury lawsuits for loss of consortium (a man's legal right to his wife's company and service). However, a husband is often held responsible for the actions of his wife to an extent similar to the responsibility he would have for the actions of his children or his dogs and livestock.
Bracton states that the husband and wife were one person, being one flesh and one blood, a principle known as “unity of the person”. While a married woman could not sue or sign contracts on her own, her husband often had to obtain her consent before selling any property that his wife had inherited. Coverage (sometimes spelled coverage) was a common law legal doctrine according to which, upon marriage, women's legal rights and obligations were subsumed by those of their husbands, in accordance with the legal status of the wife of an undercover woman. It is up to the merchant to prove that unauthorized purchases were in fact necessary, and the merchant will not charge the husband if the husband actually provided the proper necessary items to his wife and family.
States still have them), which actually granted the husband certain property rights in the fidelity of his wife that had to be observed by third parties. If a husband does not fulfill his maintenance duty, his wife is allowed to buy what she or her child needs, on the husband's credit and even against his express wishes. Traditional law required that the husband support his wife during his marriage regardless of the wife's means, her own ability to support herself or even her own income, which, under the Married Women's Property Laws passed in the mid-19th century, she could do with whatever she wanted. In the 1970s, as part of a broader feminist revolution in law that further weakened the principle that a husband owned the wife's work (including his person).