§431:10-234  Spouses' and reciprocal beneficiaries' right in life insurance policy.  (a)  Every life insurance policy made payable to or for the benefit of the spouse or the reciprocal beneficiary of the insured, and every life insurance policy assigned, transferred, or in any way made payable to a spouse or reciprocal beneficiary, or to a trustee for the benefit of a spouse or a reciprocal beneficiary, regardless of how the assignment or transfer is procured, shall, unless contrary to the terms of the policy, inure to the separate use and benefit of such spouse or reciprocal beneficiary.

     (b)  Without the consent of one's spouse or reciprocal beneficiary, a married person or an individual who is registered as a reciprocal beneficiary, may contract, pay for, take out, and hold a policy on the life or health of one's spouse, reciprocal beneficiary, or children, or against loss by such spouse, or reciprocal beneficiary, or children due to disablement by accident.  Premiums paid on the policy by a married person or reciprocal beneficiary shall be held to have been that person's separate estate, and the policy shall inure to the use and benefit of that person and that person's children, free from any claim by the spouse, or reciprocal beneficiary, or others. [L 1987, c 347, pt of §2; am L 1997, c 383, §58]