Desertion can be used as a ground for divorce if the parties have been separated for a minimum of three years.
Part of desertion is that it must be shown that the two people do not intend to resume living together.
The law regarding divorce is different, depending on the couple's religious faith.
Based on a very clever comedy by Claire Booth, wife of Time Publisher Henry Luce and later Ambassador to Italy.
One of the surprises was an all-woman cast, novel in the 1930's.
In the 1930's New York women who could afford it went to Nevada, where residency could be established quickly and divorce was relatively easy.
The 1939 film, starring Norma Shearer, Paulette Goddard, Rosalind Russell, and Joan Crawford, was a hit.