constructive desertion


: the act of one spouse forcing the other (as by violence) to abandon the home or relationship

Note: Constructive desertion, like desertion, is a ground for divorce.

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“Constructive desertion.” Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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