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INHUMAN TREATMENT Definition & Legal Meaning

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In the law of divorce. Such barbarous cruelty or severity as endangers the life or health of the party to whom it is addressed, or creates a well-founded apprehension of such danger. Whaley v. Whaley, 68 Iowa, 647. 27 N. V. 809; Wells v. Wells, 116 Iowa, 59, 89 N. W. 98; Cole v. Cole, 23 Iowa, 433; Evans v. Evans, 82 Iowa, 462, 48 N. W. 800. The phrase commonly employed in statutes is “cruel and inhuman treatment,” from which it may be inferred that “inhumanity” is an extreme or aggravated “cruelty.” Iniquissima pax est anteponenda jus- tissimo bello. The most unjust peace is to be preferred to the justest war. Root v. Stuyvesant, 18 Wend. (N. Y.) 257, 305.


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