Alienation of Affection laws

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    8 states still have these laws on the books, they are regularly used and have recent cases with award in the millions.

    Beware cheaters: Your lover's spouse can sue you - CNN.com


    I'm a bit baffled why they havent been totally abolished. It seems ludicrous to me that the law can hold a third party ( and no that party doesnt have to be having an affair with either spouse) responsible for the dissolution of a marriage.
     
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    The next time some married public figure gets caught dilpping his wick outside of the marital couch, take a poll among all of the married women you can find. See how many of them are sympathetic toward the wick dipper.

    Hopefully, that answers your question here.
     
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    Ha!

    I know, but it's still outrageous! Plus the law is vague enough that you don't have to be having an affair with one spouse to be sued by the other.
     
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    That aspect of the law I was not aware of. I'll break down and read your link and get back to ya. (Don't you hate it when you actually have to READ a link?)
     
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    I read the link. As I suspected - I think you are stretching a bit here. Let's not parse words - you may not have to be having a certified affair, but you have to be engaging in some form of sexual hanky-panky. The point is, affair or not, there has to some kind of sexual misconduct going on between the outsider and the married person. And what's an "affair" anyway? To some, an overnighter is an affair.

    Your statement implies that there doesn't have to be anything going on between a married person and an outsider, for an alienation of affections suit to be brought, and that simply is not the case.
     
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    Most crazy thing I ever heard! No one can cause a spouse to be alienated if the unfaithful spouse was not already alienated. Looks like some good excuse for unfaithful spouses to find targets for milking.
     
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    "Generally, the suit is brought against a third party who has had a relationship with the plaintiff's spouse, but there are some instances where other persons such as in-laws, marriage counselors or clergy have been sued. "

    How to Defend Alienation of Affection Lawsuits | eHow.com
     
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    The laws are ridiculous, but I wonder.....what brought this 2009 article to your attention? :)
     
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    I saw an interview with someone who was sued by her lovers wife, so I got curious and started googling:)
     
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    Did you see the interview first hand...as in a deposition? :lol:
     
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