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What is alienation of affection?

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POWELL20 said on
Alienation of affection is a legal term that is mostly used in cases of family law, including divorce and custody cases.  It seeks to make someone liable for damages when that person knowingly or intentionally drives family members apart.  The term can be applied to situations where the affection of a spouse is seen to have been alienated from the other spouse by a third party, such as a lover.  More often, the phrase refers to alienation of a child’s affection from one parent by the other during a custody suit.  The legal principle is founded in common law, but is not supported in most states.
CABRERA said on
Alienation of affections is a legal term which refers to a charge which a deserted spouse can lay against a third party who has caused the breakup of the marriage. For example, a wife who has a husband who has committed adultery with another woman, can charge the other woman with “alienation of affection”. This means that the other woman has caused her husband to stop loving her. His affections towards his own wife have become alienated or estranged, and now he loves somebody else instead of her. It is usually an adulterous spouse’s lover which is sued for alienation of affections, but sometimes other family members, counselors or clergy can be sued for advising a spouse to seek a divorce.
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