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The Oxford History of the Laws of EnglandVolume XIII: 1820–1914 Fields of Development$
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William Cornish, J Stuart Anderson, Ray Cocks, Michael Lobban, Patrick Polden, and Keith Smith

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199239757

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239757.001.0001

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Marital Breakdown: Separation and the Coming of Judicial Divorce

Marital Breakdown: Separation and the Coming of Judicial Divorce

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(p.767) IV Marital Breakdown: Separation and the Coming of Judicial Divorce
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The Oxford History of the Laws of England
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William Cornish

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239757.003.0026

This chapter on marital breakdown in the 19th century begins with a discussion of the decree of divorce a mensa, which had become one preliminary step in the exceptional business of obtaining a full divorce by Act of Parliament. It then discusses separation by agreement, information arrangements to separate, the Poor Law and desertion, full divorce by private act of Parliament, judicial divorce, and violence and desertion among ordinary people.

Keywords:   English law, marriage, separation, divorce

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