This article sums it all up! In North Carolina, a man sues his wife’s lover and wins – BIG!
Only some states have laws that allow for parties to sue for alienation of affection. For example, say your spouse comes home and wants a divorce because they have been lured away into another relationship years after they made a commitment to you, then you might have a cause of action to sue that person interrupting your marriage. Alabama sadly does not have this law. But as the article details, North Carolina certainly does. As well as Hawaii and a few others. It is quite funny to see that the place we often refer to as “Paradise” has alienation of affection laws on their books. While these laws are rarely used, it does give the spouse who did not cheat a little of what I refer to as getting their “pound of flesh.” Although these judgments may just be pretty pieces of paper and not really collectable, it solidifies that an offending lover has step over the bounds of decency. I ran across this article and thought it was very relevant to our divorce practice since we are asked many times how do they get the other person to pay.