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Dower

In wills and estates, a percentage of a husband's assets to which a widow is entitled, regardless of how much she is given in her husband's will. Thus, a husband may will her more than the dower, but not less. The amount of the dower varies, and few jurisdictions still have laws requiring one.

dower

A widow's portion of her husband's assets that were acquired during the course of their marriage. The dower, usually amounting to one third, applies even if the deceased husband wills her a portion less than this. Compare curtesy.

dower

A widow's rights in the real property of her deceased husband. The similar right of a widower in his deceased wife's property is called curtesy. Many states have abolished these rights and replaced them with a more generic homestead right or surviving spouse's share.

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Finally, the essays collectively underscore the financial aspects of Islamic marriage law, reflected in the various possible transfers of property such as dower, extradotal wedding gifts, wealth acquired or gifts given during marriage, and divorce gift.
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PESHAWAR, May 19 -- The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Tuesday declared that a divorced woman was not entitled to dower if she got khula from her husband on grounds of cruelty to her and dismissed writ petition of a divorced woman seeking dower from her former husband after taking khula from him on cruelty grounds.
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