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Tips for Understanding Alienation of Affection and Criminal Conversation

Understanding Alienation of Affection

The Legal Process Around Alienation of Affection

Many times, we've seen our clients labor under the idea that they can charge or file suit against their spouse for adultery, or alienation of affection. In truth, Alienation of Affection and Criminal Conversation are civil claims against the third party paramour, not the spouse.

In other words, you would be suing the other person under these claims for money. Their behavior may have destroyed your marriage, which will cost you so much financially and emotionally.

Do You Suspect Your Spouse of Cheating?

Every so often, a client comes into our office devastated by the discovery that their spouse is having an affair. They feel so betrayed and hurt. It's a pain like no other pain, and they need to channel their anger and the pain. This can be done in a number of ways, some more constructive than others. In each case, however, at least part of this type of consultation will be dedicated to what you can legally do about this violation.

Alienation of Affection in North Carolina

Despite repeated efforts to do so, North Carolina has not abolished the use of these claims. While they are not appropriate in every case, some behavior screams out for legal redress, and these heart balm torts as they are called are our only remedy against the third party.

So, if you or a friend or loved one has been affected by a cheating spouse (wife or husband), just remember that these claims are separate and apart from any divorce-related action, and they are against the intervening party, ie boyfriend or girlfriend. Also remember that Alienation of Affection represents the actual destruction of the marriage, while Criminal Conversation represents a claim for the act of having sex with the spouse of another. The only direct legal effect the cheating will have on your spouse will be through marital claims such as alimony, where adultery plays a significant role. It can also be used as a justification to ask a Judge to remove your spouse from the marital home in an action for Divorce from Bed and Board.

How Important is Evidence of Spousal Cheating?

Obtaining and preserving evidence is CRUCIAL in these cases, so please be cautious and smart about how you proceed. The services of a Private Investigator in consultation with your attorney can prove to be the best investment you could ever make.

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