November 18, 2019 18 minutes to read ∙ 4200 words

Marital Privileges

By Caroline Rule

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Reprinted with permission from Litigation, Summer 2019 (45:4), at 40-45. ©2019 by the American Bar Association. All rights reserved. This information or any or portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association.

Marriage is perplexing, and the marital privileges even more so. Contradictory views determine when they apply and what they protect. In many states, statutes, rather than case law, govern, but federal law leaves it to the courts, which sometimes results in conflicting decisions among the circuits.

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