Alienation of Affection

What is Alienation of Affection?

Alienation of affection allows a spouse to sue a third party for wrongful acts that deprived them of the love and affection of their spouse. North Carolina is one of the few states that still recognizes alienation of affection.

Chapter 52 of the North Carolina General Statutes states, "In order to prove a case for alienation of affections, the plaintiff must show that: there was a valid marriage between the plaintiff and spouse; genuine affection or love existed between them; that affection or love was alienated or destroyed; and the wrongful and malicious acts of the defendant caused the alienation of affection or love."

Possible Damages for an Alienation of Affection Claim

Economic Damages

  • Loss of Earnings
  • Medical Expenses
  • Counseling/therapy Expenses
  • Other Financial Harm Suffered as a Result from the Alienation

Non-economic Damages

  • Mental Anguish
  • Humiliation
  • Anxiety-Emotional Distress
  • Loss of Companionship
  • Loss of Love and Affection
  • Interference with Exclusive, Marital Sexual Relationship

At Tom Bush Law Group, we will work with you to claim any damages that you experienced due to Alienation of Affection. Contact us to schedule a consultation and discover how we can help with your concerns.