confined to institution

confined to institution
A term appearing in some statutes which prescribe grounds for divorce based on insanity of the defendant requiring his confinement for a specified continuous period. Under statutory provisions requiring that the insane spouse shall have been confined within an institution for a specified continuous period as a necessary condition to the granting of a divorce on the ground of insanity, there are conflicting decisions as to whether "confined" is to be taken in its literal sense, or merely in the sense of supervision by the authorities, so its to permit periods of absence, not amounting to discharges from the institution, to be considered as a part of a period of continuous confinement, rather than interruptions thereof. Anno: 24 ALR2d 878.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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