Mensa Et Thoro

Mensa Et Thoro

[Latin, From bed and board.] A type of Divorce that is a partial termination of the duties of a marital relationship.

A divorce mensa et thoro is one that does not provide a Husband and Wife with the right to remarry but that permits them to live separately. Such a divorce does not dissolve the marriage but amounts to a legal separation.

MENSA ET THORO. The phrase a mensa et thoro is applied to a divorce which separates the husband and wife but does not dissolve the marriage. Vide Divorce.

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A side note: Because there was the a mensa et thoro divorce, when true divorce became part of the law, it was called Absolute Divorce, which is why we sometimes still caption the Judgment/Decree as being that).
Ecclesiastical courts in England had jurisdiction over the marriage relationship, and most spouses wishing to live apart could only hope for a church-sanctioned divorce a mensa et thoro, which was not an actual divorce, but a "separation from bed and board.
Alimony was created by the English ecclesiastical courts at the time a divorce a mensa et thoro was granted.