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Abandonment by a spouse refers to a situation in which one spouse severs all ties and responsibilities to his or her family. It requires more than merely moving out of the family home, and often includes the refusal to provide necessary support to the other spouse or any children. Merely moving out of the home may not constitute abandonment. In a state that requires fault to grant a divorce, abandonment is a common ground for divorce.
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