Alienation of affection/criminal coversation


Dear cop444:

Greetings. All the requirements are on our website. Start with the following link:

I will tell you though that the marriage has to have “love and affection” in it and that the third party (for example the co-worker with your wife) has to come along and destroy that.

Yes, it sounds like you have a case, but not a strong one. Thank you.

Janet L. Fritts
Attorney with Rosen Law Firm

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I have a few simple questions for a complex situation. What are the “requirements” that must be met for a case of alienation of affection and criminal conversation to hold any water in a civil court case?

I have been in a relationship with my wife for 15 years, having been married for almost 9 years. We have been haiving marital problems for the last 5 years or so and they finally came to a head 6 months ago. We both have worked and tried dilegently to overcome our problems over the last 6 months and she told me several days ago that she is tired and not willing to work on our marriage any more. Well, when she told me this, she let it slip that she has had feelings for a man that works for her within the school system and they acted on these feelings a few weeks back while attending a conference together out of state. the man in question, has been going through a seperation the past year and has been dumping all of his emotions on my wife, which in turn, makes me think he has been playing with her heartstrings and making it impossible for us to work out our problems…Especially since they acted on the emotions and feelings they have for each other.

Based on the brief description I have given, do you think alienation of affection and criminal conversation apply???

Thanks for your time and your response.