Entry from British & World English dictionary
A court order for the legal separation of a married couple.
- In 1878, the magistrates courts were given jurisdiction to grant a separation order where a husband had been convicted of assault of his wife, and to order him to pay her maintenance.
- The Magistrates granted her a separation order and 10s per week.
- She obtained a separation order from her husband for cruelty of an unusual kind.
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