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Cruel and Inhuman Treatment

Definition - What does Cruel and Inhuman Treatment mean?

Cruel and inhuman treatment, in the context of divorce laws, refers to mental or physical cruelty inflicted on one spouse by another. To be granted a divorce on the grounds of cruel and inhuman treatment, the divorce-seeking spouse must prove that it is unsafe to share a residence with the spouse due to past or ongoing behavior.

Justipedia explains Cruel and Inhuman Treatment

Although many cases of divorce originate from irreconcilable differences, some cases are filed due to acts of physical or mental violence and abuse. This is also known as cruel and inhuman treatment. This is an accepted ground for divorce in all jurisdictions that allow fault divorce. The acts that constitute cruel and inhuman treatment include assault, physical violence, intimidation, public adultery, violence towards children, forced sex, etc.
This definition was written in the context of Divorce Law

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