Husband and Wife

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Husband and Wife

A status that, among other things, entitles a couple to file a joint income tax return. For the purpose of joint returns, common-law marriages are recognized only if the state in which the two persons reside recognizes such marriages or if the state in which the marriage began recognizes common-law marriages. The status as husband and wife on the last day of the tax year governs the right to file a joint return.
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Germaine's wife, and had (evidently) accepted the invitation without reserve.
My wife and I did our best to keep the conversation moving as easily and as harmlessly as might be.
Time dragged heavily till the time of the full moon, but it passed at last, and as soon as it rose the young wife went to the pond, combed her black hair with a golden comb, and when she had finished, placed the comb on the bank; then she watched the water impatiently.
As soon as the next moon was full the hunter's wife went to the mill-pond, played on a golden flute, and when she had finished placed it on the bank.
He was justly reproved by his wife, for she was more serious than he at first.
Here Will Atkins told us he was struck with horror to think how he could tell his wife so clearly that God sees, and hears, and knows the secret thoughts of the heart, and all that we do, and yet that he had dared to do all the vile things he had done.
Monsieur Porthos," said the procurator's wife, "will you have the kindness to offer me your arm for five minutes?
Covering my face with both hands, I emitted a deep and deathlike groan, as if my tormented soul were rending me asunder--I, the most exquisitely fastidious of men, and whose wife was to have been the most delicate and refined of women, with all the fresh dew-drops glittering on her virgin rosebud of a heart!
I told my wife that I begged her to forget the past, to forgive me whatever wrong I may have done her, and that I had nothing to forgive.
I yield to no one," he began, "in the pity I feel for the wife.
I am now going in search of him, and not wishing to confide my wife to the care of other people, I am taking her with me.
But my Wife had not my experience, nor the coolness necessary to note these characteristics.