American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A court decree recognizing that a married couple is living apart and regulating the couple's mutual rights and liabilities. Also called judicial separation.
- n. a judicial decree regulating the rights and responsibilities of a married couple living apart
- n. (law) the cessation of cohabitation of man and wife (either by mutual agreement or under a court order)
“The Civil Code of 1804, though imposing conditions more rigorous than those of the Law of 1792, maintained divorce, and at the same time re-established legal separation (séparation de corps).”
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