legal separation

noun

Legal Definition of legal separation

: a separation of spouses which does not involve a dissolution of the marriage but in which certain arrangements (as for maintenance and custody) are ordered by the court

called also divorce a mensa et thoro, judicial separation, separation from bed and board

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