Comparative-Rectitude Doctrine Law and Legal Definition

Comparative- rectitude doctrine is a legal principle that provides satisfactory relief to a spouse who is at lesser fault. Comparative-rectitude doctrine was founded to assist in cases where both spouses are at fault for failed marriage. The doctrine applies when both spouses have valid grounds for divorce. A divorce court will determine which spouse is at fault to a lesser degree, and grant divorce to that spouse under the comparative rectitude doctrine. [Plese v. Plese, 146 Ind. App. 545 (Ind. Ct. App. 1970)].