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a divorce settlement (=an agreement about money and property at the end of a marriage)
▪ She acquired full ownership of the building in her 1986 divorce settlement.
be divorced from reality (=not connected in any way to what is really happening)
▪ His ideas are completely divorced from reality.
divorce proceedings
▪ His wife had threatened to start divorce proceedings.
filed for divorce
▪ The Morrisons have filed for divorce.
grounds for divorce
▪ Mental cruelty can be grounds for divorce.
petitioning for divorce
▪ More and more couples are petitioning for divorce.
sued for divorce (=in order to end a marriage)
▪ He is being sued for divorce by his wife.
tax/copyright/divorce etc law(s)
▪ an accountant who knows about tax law
the divorce rate
▪ The UK has one of the highest divorce rates in Europe.
▪ You tell her from me the divorce courts are never far yonder.
▪ The Victorians introduced plain-clothes detectives and the divorce courts.
▪ I think I was destroyed long before the divorce courts.
▪ He was fixing to get rid of the first one in the divorce courts.
▪ In 1989 more than 25,000 divorce decrees were made because of the husband's adultery, 18,000 because of the wife's.
▪ She moved to Chelsea and waited for Joyce's divorce decree to become absolute.
▪ Yet the liberal interpretation of divorce laws appears to have led to the alarming trends already observed.
▪ For purposes of consistency and enforcement across state lines, divorce laws need to be substantially federalized by the national village.
▪ The story of marriage and divorce law is extremely complicated.
▪ No state has yet repealed its divorce law.
▪ Our divorce laws are still, regrettably, largely adversarial.
▪ A number of important social reforms have resulted from ballot bills such as abortion and divorce law reform.
▪ Remember, though, divorce laws don't discriminate.
▪ The church's view, that marriages sanctioned by religious ritual should not be broken, is reflected in divorce laws.
▪ Or get in touch with the Solicitor's Family Law Association,, whose members are all experienced divorce lawyers.
▪ Marriage teeters on the line between a cooperative venture and a form of mutual exploitation-ask any divorce lawyer.
▪ I can only assume they're taking bungs from divorce lawyers.
▪ First of all, there are ways that missing husbands can be traced so that the divorce petition can be sent to them.
▪ The divorce petition was later dropped.
▪ In the divorce petition he claimed, interalia, interim and permanent joint custody of, and access to, the child.
▪ She dropped divorce proceedings hoping the ban would be lifted.
▪ Given the quick nature of the divorce proceedings, it appears most of the hard negotiations are out of the way.
▪ Awife whose solicitors have been negligent in negotiating a financial settlement in her divorce proceedings is entitled to damages against the solicitors.
▪ A wife, who had been married for six years, consulted the defendant firm of solicitors about her divorce proceedings.
▪ It's the only real explanation Tolby had for him starting up the divorce proceedings again.
▪ It meant solicitors, divorce proceedings.
▪ Except in divorce proceedings, commencement by petition is now very rare.
▪ The overall divorce rate is 20 percent.
▪ This is our answer to the tragically high divorce rate twenty-five years ago.
▪ The divorce rate rose from almost zero to 0.9 per cent in 1985 and 1.8 per cent in 1995.
▪ However, if current divorce rates continue this will be true of many more in future.
▪ But by the late I980s, the Catholic divorce rate had climbed to almost 30 percent.
▪ In 1961, before the Divorce Law Reform Act was introduced, the divorce rate was only 2.1.
▪ The national divorce rate dropped, if infinitesimally, from 1992 to 1994, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.
▪ It's judged in somewhat the same way as a divorce settlement, the same sort of amount.
▪ This partner had been given several million dollars as part of a divorce settlement.
▪ Her kisses and cuddles with Bryan could drastically reduce the payout she would receive as part of a divorce settlement.
▪ A final divorce settlement still needs to be worked out.
▪ Instead, court testimony revealed that Jerry Garcia asked her to draft a divorce settlement, which he signed.
▪ It is Mr Ekdahl and his puny divorce settlement.
▪ Of course it won't end in divorce.
▪ She met and moved in with Larry Flor about a year ago after her marriage ended in divorce.
▪ But how long do you have to decide whether her adultery should end in divorce?
▪ One study in the early I970s indicated that only 16 percent of Catholic marriages ended in divorce.
▪ Of every five marriages, two will end in divorce.
▪ A marriage to a resident ended quickly in divorce.
▪ From 1989, with around 165,000 divorces perannum, we are getting on for almost one in two marriages ending in divorce.
▪ His first marriage, to heiress Catherine Mellon, ended in divorce, and he reportedly received a $ 7 million settlement.
▪ But she filed for divorce in June last year after a series of violent rows.
▪ Flinn says this guy lied to her, saying he was legally separated from his wife and had filed for divorce.
▪ The very next day I saw a solicitor and filed for divorce.
▪ Though she has filed for divorce, Anne Mirretti, 38, asked the judge to have pity on her husband.
▪ Danielle has since filed for divorce.
▪ Like the dated documents that mark the summer Jerry and I filed for divorce.
▪ Within months of filing for divorce, he had set up home with Boon co-star Liz Carling and they talked of marriage.
▪ Yes, he was trying to get a divorce but he couldn't.
▪ Cohabitors bicker less if they do marry and fight less during the breakup if they do get a divorce.
▪ And in the hallowed world of television, this change is akin to Charles and Di getting a divorce.
▪ But Mrs Melderis does not get a divorce, no one ever does.
▪ Can you still get your divorce on such puny, immediately regretted unfaithfulness?
▪ Oh yes, we can leave the country and go to Berlin, where we can get a divorce.
▪ The last thing that Mrs Keppel would have been encouraged to do was to get a divorce.
▪ And Millie was able to get a divorce, and of course the daughters, including my grandmother, stayed with her.
▪ Former tennis star Boris Becker and his wife Barbara have been granted a divorce in Munich.
▪ You will need to tell your mum to consult a solicitor if she now wishes to obtain a divorce.
▪ Though they could be divorced by their husbands, they could not obtain a divorce themselves.
▪ That is quite a different matter from filling in forms stored in computers and obtaining quickie divorces.
▪ The client originally attended the appointment to seek a divorce and sort out her problems with maintenance.
▪ These pictures were the most sensational evidence when her second husband, the Duke of Argyll, sued for divorce.
▪ Her granddaughter the Countess Olenska wishes to sue her husband for divorce.
▪ Via his lawyer, Sam refused to give Clare money because he didn't want a divorce.
▪ I want a divorce from our deal.
▪ I want a divorce, Julius.
▪ She can say All right, you want your divorce?
▪ The first time it was me who wanted a divorce, but the second time it wasn't my choice.
▪ I hate him and I wanted to get a divorce.
▪ But earlier this year she told him she wanted a divorce.
▪ I am in love with the King and I want a divorce.
divorce papers
▪ It is the divorce papers that are being discussed at Camp David.
▪ Now it seems that Mom has her head in the medicine cabinet and divorce papers in her hand.
▪ Wagenbach deferred ruling on the divorce papers until the state seeks to introduce them as evidence.
▪ A third of all marriages in Britain end in divorce.
▪ Caroline's husband asked her for a divorce and she agreed.
▪ Gwen has just been through a bitter divorce.
▪ Half the marriages in this country end in divorce.
▪ I've only seen my ex-wife once since the divorce.
▪ It's much too easy to get a divorce nowadays.
▪ The divorce rate has risen steadily since the 1950s.
▪ It is too much like a divorce.
▪ Many say they have seen too many bad marriages and divorces even to try it themselves.
▪ One study in the early I970s indicated that only 16 percent of Catholic marriages ended in divorce.
▪ Or see them through an abortion, a divorce, a gruelling court-case?
▪ Sometimes through abandonment; more often through non-marriage or divorce.
▪ The cancer was diagnosed one and a half years after the divorce.
▪ Wagenbach deferred ruling on the divorce papers until the state seeks to introduce them as evidence.
▪ Yet the liberal interpretation of divorce laws appears to have led to the alarming trends already observed.
▪ The couple, who divorced last June, had parted several times.
▪ The couple divorced in 1992, then attempted a yearlong reconciliation starting in May 1993.
▪ Since his arrest in 1991 the couple have divorced.
▪ Three years later the couple divorced.
▪ The couple divorced after Lott went off to college.
▪ The marriage broke down in 1934, but the couple were never divorced.
▪ Maybe her husband, who had divorced her?
▪ She had a husband, but she divorced him.
▪ Her husband quickly divorced her and married again.
▪ She has long since forgiven her husband, whom she divorced before she knew he was ill.
▪ She lost the baby and she and her husband divorced three years later.
▪ But when he was eight or nine, Margo and her husband divorced.
▪ He looked more closely at her, remembering her: she was the child from Sea House, her parents were divorced.
▪ His parents divorced before his second birthday.
▪ In 1989, the number of children under 16 with parents who divorced was 148 thousand.
▪ My parents were divorced when I was six months old.
▪ But then, in 1986, my father left home and my parents were divorced.
▪ Music and creativity were always major factors in the Peyroux household before her parents were divorced, the singer recalls.
▪ They were the only pupils at Silfield school whose parents were divorced.
▪ His parents told my parents, who are divorced.
▪ Accordingly, the ideologies they adopted were divorced from reality.
▪ However hard they try, business schools are divorced from the realities of business.
▪ Adultery was the sole ground, but a wife could only divorce her husband if accompanied by some other matrimonial transgression.
▪ The general and his wife were later divorced.
▪ When she told him calmly about the baby, he had genuinely wished that his wife would divorce him.
▪ His first two wives divorced him, citing his stinginess as their major complaint.
▪ Crowley's wife divorced him on grounds of admitted adultery in 1910.
▪ He and his second wife divorced last year.
▪ A girl he had come to admire in Sumatra was brought to Java to be his third wife after he divorced Inggit.
▪ Fuller and his wife were recently divorced, with his wife getting custody of their 3-year-old son Preston.
▪ My sister was divorced two years ago, and he doesn't really get on with her.
▪ She married a man 15 years her senior and they divorced five years later.
▪ But soon afterwards we moved to London and got divorced three or four years later.
▪ But they divorced five years later.
▪ She'd been divorced for 12 years.
▪ He left his wife six years ago and has been divorced for three years.
▪ At twenty-five she had married a colonel, a career move, and divorced him three years later.
▪ Barry had been divorced for twelve years, had been a member of Dateline but then had moved because of work.
▪ She had been married and divorced since they had seen her.
▪ Single, married, divorced or separated, or widowed, about 69 percent think women want to be married.
▪ You've been married, divorced, spent 12 years apart, and then married again.
▪ He married and divorced Ava Gardner.
▪ I maintain that it should cost as much to get married as to get divorced.
▪ They conceive a child, marry and quickly divorce at the grandparents' behest.
▪ Griffiths too had been married and divorced.
▪ They are married, divorced, separated, widowed, and never married.
▪ In the end Barry and Helen did separate and eventually they divorced.
▪ Twenty percent of single women and 18 percent of women who are now separated or divorced answered yes.
▪ Finally, after years of unhappy marriage, Eva divorced Stanley.
▪ He kept promising her that he would divorce his wife, but he never actually did it.
▪ Petra's parents divorced when she was about seven years old.
▪ She's afraid of what her husband might do if she tries to divorce him.
▪ We divorced after six years of marriage.
▪ But when he was eight or nine, Margo and her husband divorced.
▪ Griffiths too had been married and divorced.
▪ I always say though, that you know, you divorce them.
▪ I think he may have wanted to divorce her, but it never got to that point.
▪ Maybe her husband, who had divorced her?
▪ The couple divorced after Lott went off to college.
▪ You see, she was four months pregnant when they divorced.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Divorce \Di*vorce"\, n. [F. divorce, L. divortium, fr. divortere, divertere, to turn different ways, to separate. See Divert.]

  1. (Law)

    1. A legal dissolution of the marriage contract by a court or other body having competent authority. This is properly a divorce, and called, technically, divorce a vinculo matrimonii. ``from the bond of matrimony.''

    2. The separation of a married woman from the bed and board of her husband -- divorce a mensa et toro (or a mensa et thoro), ``from bed and board''.

  2. The decree or writing by which marriage is dissolved.

  3. Separation; disunion of things closely united.

    To make divorce of their incorporate league.

  4. That which separates. [Obs.]

    Bill of divorce. See under Bill.


Divorce \Di*vorce"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Divorced; p. pr. & vb. n. Divorcing.] [Cf. F. divorcer. See Divorce, n.]

  1. To dissolve the marriage contract of, either wholly or partially; to separate by divorce.

  2. To separate or disunite; to sunder.

    It [a word] was divorced from its old sense.

  3. To make away; to put away.

    Nothing but death Shall e'er divorce my dignities.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., from Old French divorce (14c.), from Latin divortium "separation, dissolution of marriage," from divertere "to separate, leave one's husband, turn aside" (see divert). Not distinguished in English from legal separation until mid-19c.


late 14c., from Old French divorcer, from divorce (see divorce (n.)). Related: Divorced; divorcing.


n. 1 The legal dissolution of a marriage. 2 A separation of connected things. 3 (context obsolete English) That which separates. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To legally dissolve a marriage between two people. 2 (context transitive English) To end one's own marriage in this way. 3 (context transitive English) To separate something that was connected. 4 (context intransitive English) To obtain a legal divorce.


n. A divorced man.

  1. n. the legal dissolution of a marriage [syn: divorcement]

  2. v. part; cease or break association with; "She disassociated herself from the organization when she found out the identity of the president" [syn: disassociate, dissociate, disunite, disjoint]

  3. get a divorce; formally terminate a marriage; "The couple divorced after only 6 months" [syn: split up]


Divorce (or dissolution of marriage) is the termination of a marriage or marital union, the canceling and/or reorganizing of the legal duties and responsibilities of marriage, thus dissolving the bonds of matrimony between a married couple under the rule of law of the particular country and/or state. Divorce laws vary considerably around the world, but in most countries divorce requires the sanction of a court or other authority in a legal process, which may involve issues of alimony (spousal support), child custody, child visitation / access, parenting time, child support, distribution of property, and division of debt. In most countries, monogamy is required by law, so divorce allows each former partner to marry another person; where polygyny is legal but polyandry is not, divorce allows the woman to marry a new husband.

Divorce should not be confused with annulment, which declares the marriage null and void; with legal separation or de jure separation (a legal process by which a married couple may formalize a de facto separation while remaining legally married) or with de facto separation (a process where the spouses informally stop cohabiting). Reasons for divorce vary, from sexual incompatibility or lack of independence for one or both spouses to a personality clash.

The only countries that do not allow divorce are the Philippines and the Vatican City, an ecclesiastical state, which has no procedure for divorce. Countries that have relatively recently legalized divorce are Italy (1970), Portugal (1975), Brazil (1977), Spain (1981), Argentina (1987), Paraguay (1991), Colombia (1991*), Andorra (1995), Ireland (1996), Chile (2004) and Malta (2011).

Divorce (disambiguation)

Divorce is the legal ending of a marriage. It may also refer to:

Divorce (film)

Divorce is a 1945 drama film about a much-divorced woman who sets her sights on her married childhood friend. It stars Kay Francis, Bruce Cabot, and Helen Mack.

Divorce (TV series)

Divorce is an upcoming American television comedy series created by Sharon Horgan. The series will premiere on HBO on October 9, 2016. The pilot episode was written by Horgan and directed by Jesse Peretz.

Divorce (novel)

Divorce is a 1943 Chinese novel by Lao She, written in Chongqing, the temporary Chinese capital during the Second Sino-Japanese War.

It was translated by Helena Kuo as The Quest for Love of Lao Lee.

Usage examples of "divorce".

Cicero mentions the Acta as a sheet in which he expected to find the city news and gossip about marriages and divorces.

Lucien, whose first wife, Anne Christine Boyer, had died in 1801, had married his second wife, Alexandrine Laurence de Bleschamps, who had married, but who had divorced, a M.

Was the concertmaster actually intending to marry Bellini and had she ever been divorced from Ochs?

So Millie had learnt to divorce the public image of Burgo Smyth, politician, from the private man she had once known.

Divorced or not, living together or not, Jerry was still attached to Capri heart and soul.

In 1989, after divorcing his first wife, a Las Vegas real estate broker named Lana Padilla, he married Marife Torres, a nineteen-year-old Filapina from Cebu City.

After the Pacheco case and up until this Joe Mondragon thing, Bloom had once again comfortably immersed himself in the endless petty squabbles, divorces, and mundane litigations of the poor people of Chamisa County.

He had suggested coemptio, or bride-purchase, a marriage easily dissolved by divorce.

Revenge, Hector went off mooning about his ex-wife Debbi, who during the divorce proceedings, on the advice of some drug-taking longhair crank attorney, had named the television set, a 19-inch French Provincial floor model, as corespondent, arguing that the Tube was a member of the household, enjoying its own space, fed out of the house budget with all the electricity it needed, addressed and indeed chatted with at length by other family members, certainly as able to steal affection as any cheap floozy Hector might have met on the job.

This was all I lacked-getting myself shot, or named corespondent in a divorce suit.

She had been tempted to name Redeye as corespondent when she and Roger split, but since the divorce was uncontested, she resisted.

Remember what happened to Annette just because she was named as corespondent in a very ugly divorce action.

Young priests are leaving, some to get married, women are demanding to be allowed into the priesthood, the Vatican itself is critized for hoarding its vast wealth and not using it to feed the starving, to help the underprivileged, criticized for not condemning the violence in Northern Ireland more strongly, openly mocked its outdated views on birth control, divorce, and plenty of other topics which seem to have no relevance to today s society.

States, including North Carolina in which the marriage was performed and where the other party to the marriage is still domiciled when the divorce was decreed.

She was not, therefore, precluded from challenging the finding of the Nevada court that the decedent was, at the time of the divorce, domiciled in that State.