Let's Compare Divorce and Legal-Separation


Divorce (or the dissolution of marriage) is the final termination of a marital union, canceling the legal duties and responsibilities of marriage and dissolving the bonds of matrimony between the parties (unlike annulment, which declares the marriage null and void).

divorce n : the legal dissolution of a marriage [syn: {divorcement}] v 1: part; cease or break association with; "She disassociated herself from the organization when she found out the identity of the president" [syn: {disassociate}, {dissociate}, {disunite}, {disjoint}] 2: get a divorce; formally terminate a marriage; "The couple divorced after only 6 months" [syn: {split up}]

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Divorce \Di*vorce"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Divorced}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Divorcing}.] [Cf. F. divorcer. See {Divorce}, n.] 1. To dissolve the marriage contract of, either wholly or partially; to separate by divorce. [1913 Webster] 2. To separate or disunite; to sunder. [1913 Webster] It [a word] was divorced from its old sense. --Earle. [1913 Webster] 3. To make away; to put away. [1913 Webster] Nothing but death Shall e'er divorce my dignities. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Divorce \Di*vorce"\, n. [F. divorce, L. divortium, fr. divortere, divertere, to turn different ways, to separate. See {Divert}.] 1. (Law) (a) A legal dissolution of the marriage contract by a court or other body having competent authority. This is properly a divorce, and called, technically, divorce a vinculo matrimonii. ``from the bond of matrimony.'' (b) The separation of a married woman from the bed and board of her husband -- divorce a mensa et toro (or a mensa et thoro), ``from bed and board''. [1913 Webster] 2. The decree or writing by which marriage is dissolved. [1913 Webster] 3. Separation; disunion of things closely united. [1913 Webster] To make divorce of their incorporate league. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. That which separates. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster] {Bill of divorce}. See under {Bill}. [1913 Webster]

Divorce The dissolution of the marriage tie was regulated by the Mosaic law (Deut. 24:1-4). The Jews, after the Captivity, were reguired to dismiss the foreign women they had married contrary to the law (Ezra 10:11-19). Christ limited the permission of divorce to the single case of adultery. It seems that it was not uncommon for the Jews at that time to dissolve the union on very slight pretences (Matt. 5:31, 32; 19:1-9; Mark 10:2-12; Luke 16:18). These precepts given by Christ regulate the law of divorce in the Christian Church.


Legal separation (sometimes "judicial separation", "separate maintenance", "divorce a mensa et thoro", or "divorce from bed-and-board") is a legal process by which a married couple may formalize a de facto separation while remaining legally married.

legal separation n 1: a judicial decree regulating the rights and responsibilities of a married couple living apart [syn: {judicial separation}] 2: (law) the cessation of cohabitation of man and wife (either by mutual agreement or under a court order) [syn: {separation}]

Data Sources:

  • divorce: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • divorce: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • divorce: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • divorce: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • divorce: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
  • legal-separation: WordNet (r) 2.0

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