alienation of affection


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alienation of affection

n. Law
An action brought against a third party who has caused one of the spouses of a marriage to lose affection for the other.
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Noun1.alienation of affection - a tort based on willful and malicious interference with the marriage relation by a third party without justification or excusealienation of affection - a tort based on willful and malicious interference with the marriage relation by a third party without justification or excuse
civil wrong, tort - (law) any wrongdoing for which an action for damages may be brought
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On the one hand, it will be said, if concessions are made, the Parliament endanger the loss of their authority over the Colony: on the other hand, if external forces should be used, there seems to be danger of a total lasting alienation of affection.
Rodriguez sued Lemus for alienation of affection and criminal conversation (essentially claims for home-wrecking and adultery, respectively) under North Carolinas heart balm torts.
169) Another jurisdiction recently assented to this view, insisting that alienation of affection claims would render children as "their parents' pawns to seek revenge on a former spouse's paramour.
However, even these costs can pale in comparison to the tort liability facing the adulterous spouse's paramour in states where the torts of alienation of affection and criminal conversation still exist.
Another item to consider pertains to alienation of affection lawsuits directed at attorneys.
I have suffered alienation of affection from my wife for years, and I just wanted to feel wanted again, to feel like a man.
But Hollywood found it hard to believe that there wasn't more in it than that - a belief considerably strengthened when just as Von Sternberg and Dietrich were starting their third movie - Shanghai Express - the director's wife Risa announced she was divorcing her husband and suing Dietrich for $200,000 for alienation of affection, plus a further $20,000 for alleged libel.
It also sought $500,000 in noneconomic damages for her suffering of "severe hunger, starvation, anemia, dehydration, alienation of affection, distress and a lack of the enjoyment of her short life" due to the state's failure to protect her from her mother.
22) But it is not at all clear how alienation of affection laws are themselves illegitimate, (23) let alone undermine the legitimacy of the entire legal system.
Joy from physical relations contrasts with gradual alienation of affection.
The court added that Virginia law does not permit lawsuits for alienation of affection, although it does allow a cause of action for intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Anaheim doesn't need to spend a dime suing its hometown team for alienation of affection and breach of promise.