I’ve been reading more and more reports about wives who are pursuing litigation based on the “alienation of affection” laws. This means that there are legal consequences for anyone who knowingly participates in an affair with a married person.
In North Carolina, a jury awarded Cynthia Shackelford $4 million in punitive damages and $5 million in compensatory damages! If that isn’t a cautionary tale about the risks involved with dating married men, I don’t know what is. Obviously, single people aren’t the only ones mate poaching, so to speak. I would be interested to know the statistics on how many are, though.
In situations where you meet someone great and they are not exactly out of the marriage “yet”, would you consider pursuing a relationship anyway? Doesn’t the timing seem off when they aren’t completely free to be with you yet?
What would you do if you met and fell in love with someone who has not yet officially divorced? Would you tell them you can wait? Would you be concerned about getting sued by their ex? What would you do if you were subpoenaed as part of the divorce court proceedings of the person you are dating?
What do you think of the alienation of affection laws? Are they really grounds for pursuing legal action or is this really about being scorned and getting revenge?