Then the wife finds out her husband has a girlfriend.In fact, she learns through his Facebook account, he has had the girlfriend for some time.An alienation of affections action works the same way.The spouse of a married paramour sues you for alienating his affections away from his wife and, instead, towards you.She tells her lawyer, and her lawyer files criminal conversation and alienation of affections actions against the girlfriend and serves them upon her.Now the husband has a legal mess with his wife and a legal mess with his girlfriend, and the wife knows it.In North Carolina, criminal conversation and alienation of affections actions—nicknamed heart-balm claims—are often filed along with or during litigation of a pending divorce case.One scenario that may commonly arise, for instance, sees a husband and wife having difficulty agreeing on how much monthly support payable to the wife is appropriate. The husband claims the wife is entitled to less-than-half of the couple’s marital assets; she claims she is entitled to more.
Tread carefully when romancing a “separated” spouse.You are to blame, essentially, for destroying a marriage, and you can be made to pay big bucks for it.In recent years, juries in North Carolina have awarded jilted spouses millions of dollars in criminal conversation and alienation of affections actions. By the way, he told you, he is “still married” to his ex-wife (he already calls her his “ex”) but he is in the process of separating from her. Your “boyfriend” (Yes, you call him that, and he calls himself that! You believe him, you follow your heart, and you enjoy the hours, the days, the weeks and months of new-love bliss that follow.