from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adv. Such as not to dissolve the marriage bond, but merely to authorize the husband and wife to live apart from each other.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- A kind of divorce which does not dissolve the marriage bond, but merely authorizes a separate life of the husband and wife.
from The 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of a kind of divorce in which the husband continues to maintain the wife, and the marriage-bond is not dissolved: now superseded by a decree of judicial separation.
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.