Alienation of Affection Still Alive and Well in #Mississippi
February 7, 2013 12 Comments
SB2376 in the Mississippi Senate was proposed to do just that, but died in Committee this week.
Personally, I am in favor of allowing injured persons the right to hold those responsible for wrecking their marriage accountable.
The purpose of the tort of alienation of affections is the protection of the love, society, companionship, and comfort that form the foundation of marriage . . . . Permitting claims for alienation of affections protects the marriage relationship and provides a remedy to those who have suffered loss of consortium as a result of the conduct of others.
Knight v. Woodfield, 50 So. 3d 995 (Miss. 2011).
As noted by Philip Thomas, plaintiffs in these cases had a 6-0 trial record last year. I was actually shocked to see that six cases went to trial because depending on the facts and the financial wealth of the defendant, the verdicts in these cases can be substantial.