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Legal Statutes: North Dakota

UPDATED December 17, 2015

North Dakota Statutes

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Chapter 14-07. Husband and Wife

back to top14-07-08. Separate and mutual rights and liabilities of husband and wife

The separate and mutual rights and liabilities of a husband and a wife are as follows:

1. Neither the husband nor the wife as such is answerable for the acts of the other.

2. Except for necessary expenses as provided in subsection 3, the earnings of one spouse are not liable for the debts of the other spouse, and the earnings and accumulations of either spouse and of any minor children living with either spouse or in one spouse's custody, while the husband and wife are living separate from each other, are the separate property of each spouse.

3. The husband and wife are liable jointly and severally for any debts contracted by either, while living together, for necessary household supplies of food, clothing, and fuel, medical care, and for shelter for themselves and family, and for the education of their minor children.

4. The separate property of the husband or wife is not liable for the debts of the other spouse but each is liable for their own debts contracted before or after marriage.
S.L. 1893, ch. 52, § 2; S.L. 1907, ch. 136, § 1, subsecs. 1 to 4; S.L. 1915, ch. 171, § 1, subsecs. 1 to 4; S.L. 1983, ch. 172, § 17; S.L. 2003, ch. 122, § 1; S.L. 2013, ch. 122, § 1, eff. Aug. 1, 2013.