abandonment of spouse
The unjustified separation of one spouse from the other with the deliberate intention of the offender to terminate the matrimonial relation. Bennett v Bennett, 197 Md 408, 79 A2d 513, 29 ALR2d 467. As the word is used in the state of Kentucky in a statute relative to divorce, it has been construed to include the refusal by the offending spouse to recognize and contribute to the marital relation for a period of one year, although the spouses sleep beneath the same roof. See McQuinn v McQuinn, 110 Ky 321, 328, 61 SW 360. See desertion.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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