Enoch Arden Law Law and Legal Definition
The Enoch Arden law is a statute in the United States which grants a divorce or a legal exemption to a person so that a person can remarry. This is granted if his/her spouse is absent without any explanation for a certain number of years, usually five to seven. This law derives its name after a Tennyson poem, in which the hero, having been shipwrecked for years on a desert island, returns home to find that his wife has remarried. He selflessly conceals his identity from her so that she can remain with her new husband.