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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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  • Such desertion without due cause is, in England, ground for a judicial separation.

  • 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.

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

  • I read to him portions of your letter, and he is of opinion that you might get what he calls a judicial separation.

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

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

  • 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
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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