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see husband and wifehusband and wife,
the legal aspects of the married state (for the sociological aspects, see marriage). The Marriage Contract

Marriage is a contractual relationship between a man and a woman that vests the parties with a new legal status.
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a man's partner in marriage; a married woman
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This study of runaway wives helps us to refocus our social lens and achieve a clearer understanding of later medieval wives.
Because they were covered by New York Life claims checks, Custer's wife, and the wives of the five officers, declined to take money raised in a national campaign to support the wives widowed by the Little Bighorn battle.
(4) Clement of Alexandria explains that those wives functioned as evangelistic co-partners: "It was through them that the Lord's teaching penetrated also the women's quarters without any scandal being aroused." (5) The New Testament indicates that successful marriage was a main criterion for choosing bishops, elders, and deacons for office.
The Church teaches that husbands and wives have a right to the conjugal act--but not a right or guarantee that a child will be born from the act.
Roughly three-quarters of the husbands and two-thirds of the wives were hospitalized at least once during the study period.
Two Chinese-American brothers and their wives were arrested in southern California on October 28 for conspiring to steal sensitive information about U.S.
Spangler's motivation to kill centered around the anticipated gain of eliminating his wives and children.
Plenty, says Karen Houppert, a Village Voice writer who spent two years interviewing a group of wives living at cold, windswept Fort Drum army base in upstate New York, as well as wives at other bases around the country.
"In our society, wives initiate and maintain most social relationships; men usually make their friends through business relationships.
There are guys who are best friends who get together and have sex and don't tell their wives. There are thousands of men doing this, and they feel very lonely.
The Ryder Cup is the most blatant example of this saccharine sideshow because of the 'players' wives' - and it all went wrong when the players' wives were let in 'under the ropes.'
ALL SMILES: Colin lines up with the wives and girlfriends; Captain Bernhard Langer and wife Vikki; Darren Clarke and his wife Heather; Padraig Harrington and wife Caroline; ..AND RYDER'S WIVES; Dressed to impress, Europe's finest golfers and their partners arrive for the 35th Ryder Cup gala dinner at Detroit's Fox Theater on Wednesday; Paul Casey and partner Jocelyn Hefner; Miguel Angel Jimenez and wife Montserrat; Ian Poulter and partner Katie Gadsden