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separate maintenance n
: maintenance paid (as by court order) from one spouse to another during separation [entitlement to separate maintenance does not extend to the division of marital assets "Kennedy v. Kennedy, 662 So. 2d 179 (1995)"]
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.