judicial separation

noun Law.

a decree of legal separation of spouses that does not dissolve the marriage bond.
Also called limited divorce.
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British Dictionary definitions for judicial separation

judicial separation


family law a court decree requiring a man and wife to cease cohabiting but not dissolving the marriageSee also a mensa et thoro Compare divorce
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