Definitions for recrimination
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The act of recriminating.
A counter or mutual accusation.
the act of recriminating; an accusation brought by the accused against the accuser; a counter accusation
Origin: [F. rcrimination, LL. recriminatio.]
In law, recrimination is a defense in an action for divorce in which the accused party makes a similar accusation against the plaintiff. In plain English, it is a lawyer's way of saying "you too." Recrimination was generally considered by family law experts to be one of the most dysfunctional and illogical aspects of the old fault-based divorce system in common law countries. For example, in the context of a marriage where the marital relationship has collapsed to the point that both spouses are openly committing adultery, the assertion by either spouse of this defense would prevent a divorce even though the family unit is clearly no longer capable of functioning. As a result, the defense was formally abolished by statute in many jurisdictions when they converted to a no-fault divorce regime. The corollary principle of comparative rectitude ameliorated the effects of the recrimination doctrine by holding that if the offenses were of entirely different orders of seriousness, the spouse guilty of the lesser fault was still entitled to relief.
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This is why there is self-recrimination. If we hadn't been foolish, it wouldn't have happened to us too.
Grand jury secrecy is designed to allow grand jurors and witnesses to perform their legal duties without fear of retaliation or recrimination.
Bruce just isn't a man with a double life, but a character shaped with love and exasperation, recrimination and guilt by Alison's recollection of him.
If we fall, we don't need self-recrimination or blame or anger - we need a reawakening of our intention and a willingness to recommit, to be whole-hearted once again.
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