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Desertion, Maintenance & Surety of the Peace

Desertion, Maintenance & Surety of the Peace 1876-1978

Description:  Desertion, also called Non-Maintenance, is defined as the criminal act of abandonment or willful failure to provide for the care, protection or support of a spouse or child. Orders for maintenance are orders to financially support a spouse, children or elderly parents.  

Surety of the Peace is a promise of good behavior required by someone who is suspect of future misbehavior.


Context: Name of defendant, name of prosecutor, case number, session, year and charges against the defendant. Docket entries include an outline of the case.


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