Definition of spousal in English:



North American
  • [attributive] Relating to marriage or to a husband or wife.

    ‘the spousal benefits of married couples’
    • ‘Normally, this would require the surviving spouse to file a spousal property petition.’
    • ‘Issues such as child support, spousal maintenance, and division of assets can be stressful and financially ruinous.’
    • ‘It is likely, though statistics are hard to come by, that husband and wife remaining together in a very unhappy marriage resulted in high incidences of spousal abuse.’
    • ‘For example, spousal violence was only criminalized twenty years ago and lobby groups are pushing for similar moves to prevent a defence to smacking children.’
    • ‘For post-1976 spousal joint tenancies treated as separate property, since only the decedent's 50 percent portion is includible in his gross estate, only a 50 percent step-up would be available.’
    matrimonial, marital, marriage, wedding, conjugal, connubial, bridal
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