Mar´i`tal Pronunciation: măr´ĭ`tal
MARITAL. That which belongs to marriage; as marital rights, marital duties.
2. Contracts made by a feme sole with a view to deprive her intended
husband of his marital rights, with respect to her property, are a fraud
upon him, and may be set aside in equity. By the marriage, the husband
assumes the duty of paying her debts, contracted previous to the coverture,
and of supporting her during its existence; and he cannot, therefore, be
fraudulently deprived, by the intended wife, of those rights which enable
him to perform the duties which attach to him. 2 Cha. R. 42; Newl. Contr.
424; 1 Vern. 408; 2 Vern. 17; 2 P. Wms. 357, 674; 2 Bro. C. C. 345; 1 Ves.
jr. 22; 2 Cox, R. 28; 2 Beav. 528; 2 Ch. R. 81; White's. L. C. in Eq. *277;
1 Hill, Ch. R. 1, 4; 13 Maine, R. 124; 1 McMull. Eq. R. 237 3 Iredell's Eq.
R. 487; 4 Wash. C. C. R. 224.
, spousal relationship