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CHAPTER III.

MAINTENANCE OF WIVES, CHILDREN
AND PARENTS.

The Deserted Wives' Maintenance Jct first became law in 1888. Under the original Act, the wife deserted by her husband might summon him before a police magistrate or a justice of the peace and obtain an order for the payment of a weekly sum, not exceeding five dollars, towards her support and the support of her family. The Act has been amended in minor particulars and the weekly payment increased to a maximum of ten dollars per week, and in 1920 the maximum was again increased to twenty dollars per week. In 1922 the Act was repealed and re-enacted with provisions extending it so as to cover the case of children deserted by their father. The Act, which is known as The Deserted Dives' and Children's Jct, 1922, provides that a woman is to be deemed deserted by her husband when she is living apart from

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