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Volume20
Year2012
TitleThe Obligation to Support While Married
Author(s)Aaron Arndt
First Page31
AbstractThe common law imposed on husbands the obligation to offer support during marriage to their wives. This obligation was reciprocated by the wife?s obligation to perform domestic labor during marriage, namely domestic labor. In 1872 California adopted a statute providing that ?husband and wife contract toward each other obligations of mutual respect, fidelity, and support.? The terms of this statute remain unchanged today in California Family Code § 720. This article discusses the obligations of spouses as indicated by common law, statutes, and separation agreements.