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Pertaining to the relationship of Husband and Wife; having to do with marriage.

Marital agreements are contracts that are entered into by individuals who are about to be married, are already married, or are in the process of ending a marriage. They ordinarily govern the division and ownership of marital property.

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.

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The experience and expression of anger in maritally violent and maritally discordant-nonviolent men.
inclusion of couples who are already maritally distressed, a high ratio of variables to spouses, use of extreme groups of couples; see Rogge and Bradbury 1999).
Predictors of child abuse in maritally violent families.
Eckhardt, Barbour, and Davison (1998) found that scenarios--in which maritally violent and maritally nonviolent men imagined themselves overhearing their wife flirt with another man or negatively evaluate them and express uncertainty about the marriage--reliably increased state anger and resulted in more irrational thoughts and hostile attributions.
Attributing negative intent to wife behavior: The attributes of maritally violent versus nonviolent men.
It was quite obvious she liked Jerry and there was a spark between them, but Richard wasn't comfortable with that, professionally or maritally.
And not even a savvy husband such as dad could contain his joy, even when the rest of us could see that that gloating was ill-advised, maritally speaking.
If maritally violent men actively misconstrue or otherwise distort situations in ways that cause them to experience a higher frequency of anger arousal and threat provocation, (263) their perceptions regarding the provisions of procedural justice may be different than those of the population groups studied in the existing literature.
Children of maritally aggressive families had more problems at clinical levels than nonaggressive families with marital discord.
Causal inferences for spouse behavior in maritally distressed and nondistressed couples.
Compared with the cases of other cultures, cases showed a high incidence of cases in which the subject and the person of whom he or she, is said to be the reincarnation (previous personality) are related to each other, biologically or maritally.
Patterns of co-resident adult men in maritally disrupted families and young children's well-being.