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Multilingual Demographic Dictionary, second unified edition, English volume

Legal separation

Multilingual Demographic Dictionary, second unified edition, English vol.
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Legal separation  (LEGAL separation)


In some countries the principle of the indissolubility of marriage 1 is upheld by law or custom and divorce (511-1) is not allowed; only the death of one of the spouses (501-5) may bring about dissolution of the marriage (510-3). Under any legal system, however, lack of harmony may lead to separation 2 of the spouses. This may take the form of a de facto separation 3, either through common consent or as the result of the desertion 4 of one of the spouses by the other. Or it may take the form of a legal separation 5 or judicial separation 5. A judicial separation absolves the parties from certain obligations, including the duty of living together, or cohabitation, but does not enable either of them to contract a new marriage. Persons whose marriages have been broken by separation are called separated persons 6. Marriages in which the spouses no longer cohabit but which have not been legally dissolved may be called broken marriages 7. More...