Alienation of affections is a common law tort abolished in many jurisdictions where it still exists an action is brought by a spouse against a third party alleged to be responsible for damaging the marriage most often resulting in divorce the defendant in an alienation of affections suit is typically an adulterous spouses lover although . Alienation of affection lawsuits are usually filed against third party lovers but anyone that interfered with a marriage can be named as a defendant such as parents in laws clergy members and even therapists who recommended divorce to a deserting spouse. Alienation of affection lawsuits is when an outsider interferes with a marriage defendants in these suits are often an adulterous spouses lover but family members counselors therapists and religious members who have encouraged a spouse to get a divorce have also been sued for these matters. A civil lawsuit based on alienation of affection may be filed by either spouse and may be made before or after they have separated there is however a statute of limitations on such a claim which varies by state there are several elements of alienation of affection that must be proved in order to be successful in an alienation lawsuit. Alienation of affection allows a spouse to sue a third party for wrongful acts that deprived him or her of the love and affection of his or her spouse while this tort can be used to sue any third party including meddling in laws it is typically used to sue a spouses paramour extramarital romantic partner
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