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possessions | Cambridge Family Law Practice

Goods and chattels

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There was a time, in fact up until the late nineteenth century, when women were effectively chattels belonging to their husbands. On marriage, a woman’s possessions became her husband’s and she could not own property in her own right. It could also be said that a woman did not even own her own person: divorce, and thus freedom from abusive marriages, was almost impossible for all but the most privileged women as it required a special act of Parliament. Three Acts of Parliament, the Married Women’s Property Acts of 1870, 1882 and 1893 changed the law to allow married women…

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