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
In most jurisdictions alienation of affections is no longer recognized.
— called also alienation of affection— compare criminal conversation
Note: In most jurisdictions alienation of affections is no longer recognized.
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