Desertion

n. The act of discarding. For instance, leaving one’s spouse without intending to return. When the deserter is the family breadwinner, it is expected that they will not return to support the family that he/she left. In an era of no-fault divorce and standardized child support rights, desertion if leally less significant. The deserter’s visitation rights, custody and other post-marital issues can be influenced by their actions.

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