The theory was that criminal conversation interferes with a husband's exclusive privilege to obtain sexual services from his wife. Property Historically, wives were at a disadvantage as property owners. Sexual Relationship The most unique aspects of the relationship between a husband and wife are the legal sanctions attached to their sexual relationship. Criminal nonsupport statutes are created to prevent men and women from becoming public charges and are most frequently applied upon the dissolution of a marriage when a spouse does not meet Alimony and Child Support obligations. State law defines precisely what is considered separate property. The common-law right of a husband to discipline his wife combined with interspousal tort immunity prevented incidents of domestic abuse from becoming public. A wife's right to choose abortion takes precedence over the husband-and-wife relation-ship. References in periodicals archive?