Law: One Divided

For generations the English common-law notion that a husband & wife are one legal entity has colored U. S. law. Last week New York State sliced this doctrine, made it law effective Sept. 1 that "a married woman has a right of action against her husband for his wrongful or tortuous acts resulting to her in any personal injury . . . or resulting in injury to her property, as if they were unmarried, and she is liable to her husband for her wrongful or tortuous acts. . . ."

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