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

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