Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- From board and bed: in law, a phrase descriptive of a kind of divorce in which the husband continues to maintain the wife, and the marriage-bond is not dissolved: now superseded by a decree of judicial separation.
- adv. historical, law, of a divorce Such as not to dissolve the marriage bond, but merely to authorize the husband and wife to live apart from each other.
GNU Webster's 1913
- (Law) A kind of divorce which does not dissolve the marriage bond, but merely authorizes a separate life of the husband and wife.
- From Latin, “from board and bed.” (Wiktionary)
“Divorces a mensa et thoro may be decreed for (1) adultery; (2) wilful, continued, and obstinate desertion for the term of two years; (3) extreme cruelty in either of the parties.”
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