“Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himself; and discover not a secret to another:” - Proverbs 25:9
In the Family Law of United Kingdom and Nigeria, any communication between husband and wife is considered privileged information. By this the law seeks to ensure that spouses can freely confide in each other to the exclusion of all others. A husband or wife cannot be compelled by law to disclose any communication made to and by him or her during the marriage even by the other spouse except with the consent of the spouse who made the factual communication (information). The implication of this is that the law recognizes the right of mutual protection by the spouses. Husbands and wives are obliged to keep their secrets, secret. Such confidence keeps marriages together. “Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies” asks King Lemuel, the man of God. “The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.” (Proverbs 31:10, 11) The trust in her is partly because she keeps their secrets secret.