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. Is there no alternative?
Afi Johnson-Paris of Ward Black Law in Greensboro recently defended a woman who was sued by another woman for alienation of affection. That settlement came with a confidentiality clause.
In September 2016, King had an attorney mail a letter to Huizar in Texas warning him that if he continued his relationship with Danielle, King would pursue an alienation of affection claim.
For example, if children from a previous marriage were estranged from a parent for whatever reason (alienation of affection by the former spouse immediately comes to mind), a court would probably take that into consideration in deciding what amount, if indeed anything, should be awarded from the Estate.
2003) ("[S]uits for alienation of affection are almost exclusively brought after the marriage is either legally dissolved or irretrievably broken....
(8) These awards often withstand appellate review and as recently as (2014) a state appellate court affirmed a verdict for $9 million in compensatory and punitive damages for alienation of affection and criminal conversation.
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.
McCarty has taught continuing legal education courses and his publications include the Mississippi College Law Review article on alienation of affection called "Love in Vain: The Social Value of Mississippi's Alienation of Affection in Protecting Marriage."
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.
And what could expedite the alienation of affection better than Megan stealing the spotlight from Don?
The Jeanette Maples wrongful death claim sought $1 million in noneconomic damages for Anthony Maples' loss of his daughter's "society, love and companionship." 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.