constructive desertion


constructive desertion
constructive desertion n: the act of one spouse forcing the other (as by violence) to abandon the home or relationship
◇ Constructive desertion, like desertion, is a ground for divorce.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

constructive desertion
The end of marital cohabitation brought about when one spouse, by his or her conduct, forces the other to leave home.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


constructive desertion
The end of marital cohabitation brought about when one spouse, by his or her conduct, forces the other to leave home.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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