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judicial separation

noun, Law.
1.
a decree of legal separation of spouses that does not dissolve the marriage bond.
Also called limited divorce.
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  • She might sue for a judicial separation, at the least, if not a divorce.

    The Doctor's Dilemma Hesba Stretton
  • By a divorce pronounced after a judicial separation has been obtained by one of the spouses.

  • A judicial separation or divorce from bed and board may be granted because of cruelty, unjustifiable desertion or drunkenness.

  • It is an absolute bar to a suit for judicial separation that the petitioner has committed adultery since the marriage.

  • The causes for absolute divorce or for a judicial separation are the same as those given above for the State of Queensland.

  • A wife can obtain a judicial separation if she can prove adultery, cruelty, or desertion without reasonable cause for two years.

    Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology W. G. Aitchison Robertson
  • Such desertion without due cause is, in England, ground for a judicial separation.

  • After some years of quarrelling, which culminated in personal violence on her husband's part, she obtained a judicial separation.

    The Whirlpool George Gissing
  • It took the poor man seven years to secure a judicial separation from his wife.

    She Stands Accused Victor MacClure
  • I had begun to see that I must either get a servant soon or a judicial separation from Henry.

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    Florence A. Kilpatrick
British Dictionary definitions for judicial separation

judicial separation

noun
1.
(family law) a court decree requiring a man and wife to cease cohabiting but not dissolving the marriage See also a mensa et thoro Compare divorce
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