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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.
Furthermore, it does not promote the best interests of the child and is derived from the dying tort of alienation of affections.
22) This comment will first review the history of the tort, beginning with a brief overview of its "parent" tort, alienation of affections.
ALIENATION OF A CHILD'S AFFECTIONS' ANCESTOR: ALIENATION OF AFFECTIONS
57) Enticement "evolved into the modern day alienation of affections tort.
McDougal, Comment, Legislating Morality: The Actions for Alienation of Affections and Criminal Conversation in North Carolina, 33 Wake FOREST L.
The South Dakota Supreme Court held in February that public policy does not require abolition of the tort of alienation of affections.
The court added that alienation of affections remains a legitimate cause of action in nine states.
Awards have been held to be excludible in actions based on emotional distress, injury to reputation, sex, age or race discrimination, wrongful termination, alienation of affections and wrongful death.
236) Adulterous behavior by another spouse can affect aspects of the case such as alimony and the ability to bring claims for intentional torts, including intentional infliction of emotional distress or alienation of affections.
The Supreme Court of Utah further stated that "an action for alienation of affections is no longer based on the premise that either spouse constitutes the 'property' of the other, but on the premise that each spouse has a valuable interest in the marriage relationship.
16) Nonphysical injuries to which the exclusion has been applied to shelter damages from taxation include alienation of affections (Rev.