Connivance Law and Legal Definition

Connivance refers to the act of indulging or ignoring another's wrongdoing, especially when action should be taken to prevent it. It is the tacit consent or agreement to the commission of an illegal act by another.

In Family law, as a defense to divorce it refers to one spouse's corrupt consent, express or implied, to have the other commit adultery or some other act of sexual misconduct. Consent is an essential element of connivance. The complaining spouse must have consented to the act complained of. For example, the connivance of the husband to his wife's prostitution deprives him of the right of obtaining a divorce on that ground.