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Latin. To bear the burdens of expenses of the married state. The dowry brought by a wife at her marriage is given to the husband for this purpose and he is not liable for his wife’s debts after her decease, unless the dowry has been excessive; for, otherwise he is not accounted lucratus by the dowry, it having been given for an onerous cause of meeting the expenses of the married state, and presumed to have been so expended. Dowry being given for this purpose should the marriage be dissolved by divorce on account of the husband’s delict, the husband is bound to restore it, there being no room for its intended application; in which case, not only can the wife recover her dowry, but also all her legal and conventional rights in the same way as if her husband had died. Should the divorce proceed upon the delinquency of the wife, the husband retains the dowry sis if the wife had died, and it had been expended during the subsistence of the marriage.

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