separate maintenance

separate maintenance
Provision made by a husband for the support of his wife living apart from him. The condition or status of a married woman who is living apart from her husband and is being supported by him, but without being divorced from him. An action which in some jurisdictions may be maintained by a married woman who is compelled through her husband's fault to live apart from him, by which action she is allowed separate maintenance or permanent alimony without being forced to seek a divorce. 27 Am J1st H & W §§ 401 et seq.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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  • Separate — Sep a*rate, p. a. [L. separatus, p. p. ] 1. Divided from another or others; disjoined; disconnected; separated; said of things once connected. [1913 Webster] Him that was separate from his brethren. Gen. xlix. 26. [1913 Webster] 2. Unconnected;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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