Legislative Divorce Law and Legal Definition

Legislative divorce is also termed as parliamentary divorce. Legislative divorce refers to the legal termination of marriage by the legislature. When legal termination of a particular marriage is enacted by the legislature instead of a court, then such a termination is known as legislative divorce. Colonial American legislatures granted these special statutes in the 18th century. In 1816, the House of Burgesses of Virginia granted a divorce to Rachel Robards Jackson from a former spouse. Mrs. Jackson was the wife of then President Andrew Jackson. Now only state courts have authority or power to grant decrees of divorce.