Married Women’s Status Act 1957

Abolition of husband’s liability for wife’s torts, contracts, debts and obligations.

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11. (1) The husband of a woman shall not, by reason only of his being her husband,—

( a) be liable in respect of any tort committed by her, whether before or after the marriage, or

( b) be sued, or made a party to any legal proceedings brought, in respect of any such tort, or

( c) be liable in respect of any contract entered into, or debt or obligation incurred by her before the marriage, or

( d) be liable in respect of any contract entered into, or debt or obligation incurred by her (otherwise than as agent) after the marriage, or

( e) be sued, or made a party to any legal proceedings brought, in respect of any such contract, debt or obligation.

(2) Notwithstanding subsection (1), where alimony has been ordered by a court to be paid and has not been duly paid by the husband, he shall be liable for necessaries supplied for the use of the wife.