This term is used to denote the departure of a married woman
from her hushand, and dwelling with an adulterer.
2. While the wife reides with her hushand, and cohabits with him, however
exceptionable her conduct may be, yet he is bound to provide her with
necessaries, and to pay for them, but when she elopes, the hushand is no
longer liable for her alimony, and is not bound to pay debts of her
contracting when the separation is notorious, and whoever gives her credit
under these circumstances, does so at his peril. Chit. Contr. 49, 4 Esp. R.
42, 3 Pick. R. 289, 1 Str. R. 647, 706, 6 T. R. 603, 11 John. R. 281, 12
John. R. 293, Bull. N. P. 135, Stark. Ev. part 4, p. 699.
Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition
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