- The termination
of a marriage by court order; the state of having terminated a
- To terminate a marriage to someone by obtaining a court
order, usually referred to as a divorce decree.
A proceeding in which the marriage is terminated but other
issues pertaining to alimony, distribution of assets, or custody of children
are reserved for another proceeding in another jurisdiction or under the laws
of another state. Also known as a limited divorce.
divorce a mensa et thoro. (Archaic.
Latin.) Divorce from bed and
board. A proceeding, current in Britain until the nineteenth century, that
resulted in the parties remaining married but living separately. The term is still
used in a few jurisdictions.
divorce a vinculo matrimonii. (Latin.)
Common law, meaning, from the bonds of
marriage; a form of divorce based on grounds that preexisted the marriage,
which resulted in a legal fiction that the marriage never existed (with the
result that any children of the marriage are then considered illegitimate).
A divorce received through the mail or otherwise without the
presence of the parties in the court granting it. Not recognized in the United
States because of the lack of personal jurisdiction.
A divorce obtain-ed by a spouse who moves or
travels to another jurisdiction to obtain it.
A divorce granted at the parties’ request without any
adjudication of wrongdoing (such as abandonment, infidelity, or mental