Divorce a Mensa et Thoro Law and Legal Definition

Divorce a mensa et thoro in Latin means “divorce from board and hearth.” Divorce a mensa et thoro means partial or qualified divorce by which the parties were separated and allowed or ordered to live apart, even though remained technically married. This type of divorce was abolished in England in 1857. This is also termed as separation a mensa et thoro, separation from bed and board, limited divorce, legal separation or judicial separation. The Ecclesiastical Courts also, as a part of granting such a divorce, released the parties from the duty of living together on grounds of cruelty or misconduct.