On September 20th 1792 the Legislative Assembly, in its last session before dissolving, passed a decree that made divorce a civil rather than a religious process:
“The Legislative Assembly, having decided on this as a matter of urgency, decrees on the causes, the manner and the consequences of divorce, as follows…
Article 2. A divorce may occur through the mutual consent of the spouses.
Article 3. One of the spouses may have a divorce issued on the simple allegation of incompatibility of temperament or character.
Article 4. Each of the spouses may equally have the divorce issued on specific grounds, that is:
a. the dementia, madness or violence of one of the spouses;
b. the condemnation of one of them to corporal or serious punishment;
c. the crime, cruelty or serious affront of one towards the other;
d. the acknowledged dissoluteness of morals;
e. the abandonment of the wife by the husband, or of the husband by the wife, for
at least two years;
f. the absence of one of them, without news, for at least five years.”