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MARRIED WOMEN'S STATUS ACT, 1957

Capacity of married women.

2.(1) Subject to this Act, a married woman shall-

(a) be capable of acquiring, holding, and disposing (by will or otherwise) of, any property, and

(b) be capable of contracting, and

(c) be capable of rendering herself, and being rendered, liable in respect of any tort, contract, debt or obligation, and

(d) be capable of suing and being sued, and

(e) be subject to the law relating to bankruptcy and to the enforcement of judgements and orders,

as if she were unmarried.

(2) Subsection (1) shall apply as between a married woman and her husband in like manner as it applies as between her and any other person.

(3) A married woman may act as a trustee or personal representative as if she were unmarried.

(4) The provisions of the Settled Land Acts, 1882 to 1890, referring to a tenant for life and a settlement and settled land shall apply to a married woman as if she were unmarried.

(5) A married woman may be the protector of a settlement as if she were unmarried.

Property of married women.

3.All property which-

(a) immediately before the commencement of this Act was the separate property of a married woman or held for her separate use in equity, or

(b) belongs at the time of her marriage to a woman married after such commencement, or

(c) after such commencement is acquired by or devolves upon a married woman,

shall belong to her as if she were unmarried and may be disposed of accordingly.

Joint capacity of husband and wife.

4.A husband and wife shall-

(a) be capable of acquiring, holding and disposing of any property jointly or as tenants in common, and

(b) be capable of rendering themselves, and being rendered, jointly liable in respect of any tort, contract, debt or obligation, and

(c) be capable of suing and being sued, and

(d) be capable of exercising any joint power given to them, in like manner as if they were not married.

Property rights of husband and wife.

5.A husband and wife shall, for all purposes of acquisition of any property, under a disposition made or coming into operation after the commencement of this Act, be treated as two persons.