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Definition of A mensa et thoro

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(Latin) "from board and bed", legal separation, legal process and arrangement by which a couple remains married but permits a separate life of the husband and wife, divorce that does not break apart the marriage bond but permits a separate life of the husband and wife (Law)
(Law) of or pertaining to a divorce that does not break apart the marriage bond but permits a separate life of the husband and wife
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From board and bed (legal separation)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
A kind of divorce which does not dissolve the marriage bond, but merely authorizes a separate life of the husband and wife.

  
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a mensa et thoro
\a men"sa et tho"ro\ (&?;). [l., from board and bed.] (law) a kind of divorce which does not dissolve the marriage bond, but merely authorizes a separate life of the husband and wife.

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Legal separation (sometimes "judicial separation", "separate maintenance", "divorce a mensa et thoro", or "divorce from bed-and-board") is a legal process by which a married couple may formalize a de facto separation while remaining legally married. A legal separation is granted in the form of a court order.

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A mensa et thoro Definition from Law Dictionaries & Glossaries
The 'Lectric Law Library
Lat. 'from bed and board'. A divorce a mensa et thoro, is rather a separation of the parties by act of law, than a dissolution of the marriage. It may be granted for the causes of extreme cruelty or desertion of the wife by the husband. This kind of divorce does not affect the legitimacy of children, nor authorize a second marriage.
   

This entry contains material from Bouvier's Legal Dictionary, a work published in the 1850's.
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