alienation of affections

Legal Definition of alienation of affections

: the diversion of a person's affection from someone (as a spouse) who has certain rights or claims to such affection usually to a third person who is held to be the instigator or cause of the diversion

called also alienation of affection

— compare criminal conversation

Note: In most jurisdictions alienation of affections is no longer recognized.

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“Alienation of affections.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/alienation%20of%20affections. Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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