Adultery is one of the most common reasons couples divorce. But, ending a marriage is not always enough to take away the pain of the betrayal. North Carolina is one of the only states that allows an aggrieved spouse to file a tort claim against the third party they believe is the cause of the divorce.
North Carolina is one of just six states with "alienation of affection" tort laws. What this means is that, in cases where a marriage ends because of an extramarital affair, the wronged spouse is able to sue their partner's lover for damages.
Having an affair in North Carolina can prove to be a costly decision not only for the adulterous spouse, but also for the paramour who engages in the relationship with the married person.