What is Divorce from Bed and Board?

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Every profession has its technical vocabulary, but the vocabulary of legal jargon is truly vast and frequently confusing to the average person. Our team at the Law Office of Janice V. Coulter understands that the complexity of legal terminology is enough to make people feel frustrated and uncomfortable, and we want to do our part to provide clarity and ease those feelings. In this article, we’ll focus on just one legal term, and explain what “divorce from bed and board” means.

What is Divorce from Bed and Board?

In North Carolina, the term divorce from bed and board is used to refer to a particular scenario, in which two partners are legally married and living together, but then decide to separate. However, in this situation, neither one wants to move out in order to make the separation happen. To resolve the matter, they go to court to let a judge decide who should keep the house or residence and who should leave for new lodgings.

Divorce from bed and board is distinct from absolute divorce in a number of important ways, but the most important of all is the fact that this process does not actually end the marriage between the two spouses. Instead, they remain legally married while becoming economically separated. In addition, divorce from bed and board is a fault-based action, meaning that you will have to prove that your partner wronged you in some ways (such as by abandoning you and your children, committing adultery, kicking you out, or engaging in physical, verbal, or emotional abuse).