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decree absolute Line breaks: de¦cree ab¦so|lute

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Definition of decree absolute in English:

noun (plural decrees absolute)

English Law
A court of law’s final order officially ending a marriage, enabling either party to remarry.
Example sentences
  • But the Court of Appeal held that at the date of the decree absolute there was no settlement in existence: the gift was not a settlement and the loan, which might have amounted to a settlement, had never been made.
  • A decree absolute was announced at York County Court on May 5, 2002.
  • Thirteen illegal husbands later, she divorced her real spouse, before another genuine marriage in 1995 just eight weeks after her decree absolute.
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