Did someone interfere with your marriage? Did you suffer the loss of affection of your spouse? What are damages for alienation of affection? If this happened to you in North Carolina, you may be able file suit and recover money damages.
Indeed, verdicts for alienation of affection cases in North Carolina make headlines. That is because interference in marriage lawsuits can involve striking sums of money.
North Carolina is also one of the few states in the nation that still recognizes the cause of action. Citizens of the Tarheel state defend marriage and when legally appropriate, are authorized to award both compensatory and punitive damages.
“Marriage is, after all, perhaps the most important institution in human history.”
– NC Court of Appeals – September 2017
Common law “heart-balm” torts are said to protect and preserve the sanctity of marriage. North Carolina takes that seriously.
There are two primary types or causes of action under the common law: Alienation of Affection and Criminal Conversation.