Civil Practice Law & Rules 4502
CPLR 4502: Spouse
(a) Incompetency where issue adultery.
A husband or wife is not competent to testify against the other in an action founded upon adultery, except to prove the marriage, disprove the adultery, or disprove a defense after evidence has been introduced tending to prove such defense.
(b) Confidential communication privileged.
A husband or wife shall not be required, or, without consent of the other if living, allowed, to disclose a confidential communication made by one to the other during marriage.
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