Alienation of Affection

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Definition: Alienation of Affection

Alienation of Affection

Quick Summary of Alienation of Affection

The removal of love, companionship, or aid of an individual’s spouse.

Full Definition of Alienation of Affection

Historically, alienation of affection furnished grounds for an action against the individual who interloped in a marital relationship. The harm caused was viewed as a deprivation of an individual’s rights of consortium.

The elements of the action generally included wrongful conduct by the interfering party with the complainant’s spouse, the loss of affection or consortium, and a nexus between the conduct of the defendant and the impairment or loss of consortium, which included a deprivation of such rights as services, assistance, and sexual relations.

By definition, it includes the infliction of harm including mental distress, damage to reputation, public embarrassment, and financial losses due to the dissolution of the marriage. It generally concerns acts of adultery.

Today, the action has fallen into disuse and no longer constitutes a ground for a lawsuit in most states given the propensity towards abuses including blackmail and extortion.

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Definition Sources

Definitions for Alienation of Affection are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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