42.0208 Grant of separation or dissolution.

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If the court is satisfied from the evidence presented that the case of the petitioner has been proved, and finds that there is no legal ground why the petition should not be granted, the court may decree judicial separation or dissolution of the marriage accordingly.

History: 1962, PL 7-32.

Case Notes:

Application of equitable principles of estoppel and clean hands to action for annulment of formerly bigamous marriage was bolstered by territorial statutes providing that court “may” annul any marriage that was illegally contracted, and setting forth strict rules against judgment by default, collusive suits, and the granting of judgment in favor of a guilty party. A.S.C.A. §§ 42.0203, 42.0204-11. Watson v. Watson, 11 A.S.R.2d 30 (1989).