Annum Luctus Law and Legal Definition

Annum luctus is a Latin term. It means ‘year of mourning.’ The term is seen used in Roman law. It refers to the year immediately following the death of a married man, during which his widow is supposed to remain unmarried. The widow was not allowed to remarry during this period in order to avoid the confusion that would arise in determining the parentage of a child born after few months of the second marriage, within that year. However, marriages during annum luctus were not considered illegal. It is also termed as year in mourning.