Coverture is a legal term with origins in the British common law. It established the legal status of married women with respect to the exercise of personal rights to enter into contracts, conduct business, function as a member of a community, and incur criminal liability. Coverture also limited women's capacity to purchase and inherit property and was used to deprive women of a remedy for domestic violence. In the common law tradition, married couples became one person with the legal status of the ...

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