Desertion Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of Desertion, written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is 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.