a  mensa  et  thoro  (ay  men-s<<schwa>>  et  thor-oh).  [Latin  “from  board  and  hearth”]  (Of  a

divorce decree) ef-fecting a separation of the  parties rather than a dissolution of the  marriage <a

separation a mensa et thoro was the usual way for a couple to separate under English law up until

1857>.  •  Not  all  states  provide  for  such  a  proceeding.  See  divorce  a  mensa  et  thoro  under

DIVORCE;  SEPARATION;  A  VINCULO  MATRIMONII.  [Cases:  Divorce    155.C.J.S. Divorce

§§ 223–225.] [Blacks Law 8th]