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DIVORCE Definition & Legal Meaning

Definition & Citations:

The legal separation of man and wife, effected, for cause, by the judgment of a court, and either totally dissolving the marriage relation, or suspending its effects so far as concerns the cohabitation of the parties. Atherton v. Atherton, 181 U. S.155, 21 Sup. Ct. 544, 45 L. Ed. 791; Miller v. Miller, 33 Cal. 355; Cast v. Cast, 1 Utah, 112.

The dissolution is termed “divorce from the bond of matrimony,” or, in the Latin form of the expression, “a vinculo matrimonii” the suspension, “divorce from bed audboard,” “o mensa ct thoro.” The former divorce puts an end to the marriage; the latter leaves it in full force. 2 Bish. Mar. & Div.

TLD Example: The decision by the couple to end their marriage by filing for a divorce shocked their friends and family.

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