Alienation of Affection Law Causes Mistress 9 Million Dollars
A North Carolina woman has successfully sued the mistress of her husband by using a very old state law earning her millions of dollars in the process.
The judge handling the case awarded Cynthia Shackelford a total of 9 million dollars that her husband’s mistress, Anne Lundquist, must pay.
Shackelford used the “alienation of affection” law to get even with Lundquist. Allan and Cynthia Shackelford were married for 33 years before they broke up.
“My main message is to all those women out there who might have their eyes on some guy that is married to not come between anybody,” Shackelford said in an interview with Good Morning America program.
The law is in effect in only seven states. The others being Hawaii, Illinois, Mississippi, New Mexico, South Dakota and Utah. It is the paramour who is forced to pay rather than the offending spouse.
To use the law, it has to be proven that the marriage was happy and loving before the third party entered the picture and that the paramour contributed to the loss of affection between the couple.
What is surprising with the law is that extra-marital sex is not required to use it. So long as there is proof of kissing, flirting or dating, it would be already enough.