extreme cruelty

noun
ex·​treme cruelty

Legal Definition of extreme cruelty

: behavior toward a spouse that involves physical violence or threats thereof, acts calculated to destroy the peace of mind or health of the spouse, or acts destructive of the purpose of the marriage also : a ground for divorce based on a spouse's extreme cruelty

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“Extreme cruelty.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/extreme%20cruelty. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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