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Adultery - Criminal Laws, Enforcement Of Statutes, As A Defense, Divorce, Cross-references

married spouse sexual act

Voluntary sexual relations between an individual who is married and someone who is not the individual's spouse.

Adultery is viewed by the law in many jurisdictions as an offense injurious to public morals and a mistreatment of the marriage relationship.

Statutes attempt to discourage adultery by making such behavior punishable as a crime and by allowing a blameless party to obtain a DIVORCE against an adulterous spouse.

Although adultery has been historically regarded as a legal wrong, it has not always been considered a crime. In Europe during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, adultery was punishable solely in courts created by the church to impose good morals. In the ecclesiastical courts, adultery was any act of sexual intercourse by a married person with someone not his or her spouse. The act was considered wrongful regardless of whether the other person was married. At COMMON LAW, adultery was wrongful intercourse between a married woman and any man other than her husband.

FURTHER READINGS

Friedman, Lawrence M. 2000. "A Dead Language: Divorce Law and Practice Before No-fault." Virginia Law Review 86 (October): 1497–1536.

Haggard, Melissa Ash. 1999. "Adultery: A Comparison of Military Law and State Law and the Controversy This Causes Under Our Constitution and Criminal Justice System." Brandeis Law Journal 37 (spring): 469–83.

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over 2 years ago

I have been dating a married man for over 3 years now and want to get information for him on how to get divorced. Thank you.

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almost 2 years ago

adultury is wrong. it says so in the TRUE bible. the KJB, the King James Bible. divorce is ONLY OK when one spouse, or both is unloyal. God will forgive you of YOUR sin when you ask him into your heart, and you won't go to hell, but you adulturers out there, saved or not, should suffer the punishmant here on earth. and you ssooooo deserve it. think it through. act like a human, not a dog macking out on every corner.

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almost 2 years ago

adultury is wrong. it says so in the TRUE bible. the KJB, the King James Bible. divorce is ONLY OK when one spouse, or both is unloyal. God will forgive you of YOUR sin when you ask him into your heart, and you won't go to hell, but you adulturers out there, saved or not, should suffer the punishmant here on earth. and you ssooooo deserve it. think it through. act like a human, not a dog macking out on every corner.

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almost 2 years ago

adultury is wrong. it says so in the TRUE bible. the KJB, the King James Bible. divorce is ONLY OK when one spouse, or both is unloyal. God will forgive you of YOUR sin when you ask him into your heart, and you won't go to hell, but you adulturers out there, saved or not, should suffer the punishmant here on earth. and you ssooooo deserve it. think it through. act like a human, not a dog macking out on every corner.

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3 months ago

my sister got married to this guy to adopt a baby an soon after getting married she got into another relationship what can I do. I cant sit back an let this happen to this guy an child they are too good to go through this please help me

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8 months ago

thanks

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almost 2 years ago

adultury is wrong. it says so in the TRUE bible. the KJB, the King James Bible. divorce is ONLY OK when one spouse, or both is unloyal. God will forgive you of YOUR sin when you ask him into your heart, and you won't go to hell, but you adulturers out there, saved or not, should suffer the punishmant here on earth. and you ssooooo deserve it. think it through. act like a human, not a dog macking out on every corner.