2019 Maryland Code
Family Law
Title 4 - Spouses
Subtitle 2 - Spouses' and Third Persons' Rights
§ 4-205. Right to deal with married woman as if unmarried

Universal Citation: MD Fam L Code § 4-205 (2019)

    (a)    A husband may sue his wife on a contract made with her, as if she were unmarried.

    (b)    (1)    A third person may take any of the following actions with or against a married woman, as if the married woman were unmarried:

            (i)    make a contract;

            (ii)    sue on the contract, whether the contract was made before or during the woman’s marriage;

            (iii)    sue for a tort, whether the woman committed the tort before or during her marriage; and

            (iv)    execute on a judgment.

        (2)    A third person may maintain an action at law or in equity against a married woman in her married name.

    (c)    If the rent is in arrears under a lease entered into with a married woman for a definite term or a term of years renewable forever, then, as if the woman were unmarried, the landlord may levy on goods under distress.

    (d)    (1)    A depositary that returns to a married woman money she deposited before or during her marriage is validly discharged from any obligation concerning the money by a receipt from the woman.

        (2)    If the deposit was made in fraud of the husband’s creditors, a creditor of the husband may attach or, by injunction, restrain the payment of the money.

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