AN ACT to enable Married Women to Sell and Convey their Separate Real Estate in certain cases.
WHEREAS it often happens that married women, owning real estate in their own right, are deserted and abandoned by their husbands and left to support themselves and their children by their own means and efforts:
AND WHEREAS such married women are unable to sell and convey by good and marketable title discharged from their husband's incohate right by courtesy their said real estate, to the great embarrassment and hardship of such married women, now therefore, for remedy thereof,
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware in General Assembly met:
SECTION I. That every married woman so abandoned by her husband without just cause, and being the owner in her own right of real estate in this State, and not acquired through her husband or with his means, shall have full power to sell or otherwise dispose of the same as effectually to all intents and purposes as if she were a single woman.
SECTION 2. Conveyances made in pursuance of this act shall be acknowledged before the chancellor, chief justice, or resident judge of the county in which the lands lie; and in addition to the certificate that it is the act and deed of the party signing the same, the chancellor, chief justice, or resident judge shall, further certify that it had satisfactorily appeared to him that the party executing the same had been abandoned by her husband without just cause.
SECTION 3. A deed so executed and certified and recorded in the county in which the lands lie shall be as good and effectual to all intents and purposes whatsoever as if the grantor executing the same were a single woman.
Passed at Dover, April 11, 1893.