The act of abandoning, particularly leaving one’s spouse and/or children without an intent to return. in desertion cases it is often expected that a deserter who is the family breadwinner may not intend to support the family he/she left. such conduct is less significant legally in the present era of no-fault divorce and standardized rights to child support and alimony (spousal support). desertion can influence a court in determining visitation, custody and other post-marital issues.
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