Desertion in marriage law


Desertion implies leaving one's spouse against the latter's will and without a legally justifiable cause, or the act of expelling a spouse from the marital home or conduct towards this end (constructive desertion). The laws of certain countries provide that a husband who has deserted his wife and children must support them. Desertion constitutes a ground for divorce.


Desertion, the 'poor man's divorce', does not show up in statistics, especially if the man or woman cannot be traced.

Narrower Problems:
Abandoned wives
Related Problems:
Separation under marriage law
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Problem Type:
G: Very specific problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST