alienation of affections

alienation of affections
alienation of affections: the diversion of a person's affection from someone (as a spouse) who has certain rights or claims to such affection usu. to a third person who is held to be the instigator or cause of the diversion – called also alienation of affection; compare criminal conversation
◇ In most jurisdictions alienation of affections is no longer recognized as a basis for a civil suit.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

alienation of affections
The tort of maliciously interfering with a marriage, resulting in damage to the marital relationship.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

alienation of affections
Deliberate diversion of a person's affection away from someone—usually a spouse—who has a right to expect such affection. In most places, alienation of affection is no longer recognized as a legal claim.
Category: Divorce & Family Law

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

alienation of affections
n. In tort law, the willful or malicious interference with the relationship between a husband and wife by a third party without justification or excuse. The interference may be adultery or some other act that deprives one of the affection of a spouse. It also includes mental pain and suffering such as anguish, humiliation, embarrassment, and loss of social position as well as actual financial losses caused by the disruption or destruction of the marital relationship.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

alienation of affections
   convincing a wife to leave her husband, often for another man, causing the husband to lose conjugal relations. This is primarily of historic interest, since alienation of affections was a civil wrong for which a deprived husband could sue the party convincing the wife to leave, but the right to sue has been abolished in almost all states.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • ALIÉNATION — Le mot «aliénation» est, aujourd’hui, en langue française, un mot malade. Il souffre de cette affection que certains lexicologues appellent «surcharge sémantique»: à force de signifier trop, il risque de ne plus rien signifier du tout. La… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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