By the common law, if a woman married, seised of a freehold estate in land, or became seised of such an estate after marriage, her husband also, by the marital right, became immediately seised of an estate in the land. Although certain characteristics of the estate jure mariti are well established, it has nevertheless seemed to be one of the difficult problems of the law to define its nature.
Charles K. Burdick,
Estates by the Marital Right and by the Curtesy in Missouri,
2 Bulletin Law Series.
Available at: http://scholarship.law.missouri.edu/ls/vol2/iss1/3