North Carolina Lawmakers Consider Cap on Damages in Adultery Lawsuits

July 9, 2009

A Senate committee has backed limits to a North Carolina law that allows scorned spouses to sue and collect damages for stolen affection and adultery.

A Senate judiciary committee this week recommended a bill barring lawsuits for amorous acts after a married couple separated, and puts a three-year time limit on the lawsuits. Jilted spouses also could not sue a business.

North Carolina is one of only about a half dozen states that still allow a spouse to sue their wayward partner’s lover for stolen affection. Sen. Daniel Clodfelter of Mecklenburg County said North Carolina is the only state that allows lawsuits over a spouse’s adultery.

Senators said the lawsuits are primarily filed by revenge-seeking spouses of wealthy people.

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  • July 15, 2009 at 9:24 am
    caffiend says:
    does this bill specify women or the poor? Adultery is a two way street, and it's not always the man that is cheating. One notes that either spouse could sue the other for st... read more
  • July 9, 2009 at 5:57 am
    NC Insurance Person says:
    Rosie saw the R word and immediately started the old Dem diatribe. Yawn. Same old, same old. The article was kind of insurance related. They want to put caps on liability su... read more
  • July 9, 2009 at 2:27 am
    Ron says:
    To skidude, Just to clarify the definition of discrimination: treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favor of or against, a person or thing based on the gro... read more
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