Most do not enter into a marriage with the intent to dissolve it at a later date. However, for many marriages today, divorce is an option on the table that many opt to take. There could be a myriad of reasons behind you and your ex-spouse's decision to divorce. One of the toughest reasons is due to infidelity on behalf of one or both partners.
Beyond divorce, those in North Carolina actually have civil recourse if their partner was unfaithful. These are called Heart Balm claims, and North Carolina is one of the few states that recognizes this as a legal recourse. The idea is that a current or ex-spouse can seek civil and monetary penalties in situations in which their spouse was unfaithful or even so much as alienated affection. If you are in the unfortunate situation in which your ex-spouse had an affair, this legal option may be attractive to you.
At the Patterson Law Firm PLLC, we know just how hard it can be to find out about a partner's infidelity. It can easily ruin a marriage when a partner is being unfaithful. Beyond divorce, there is a whole other level of seeking justice for oneself when on the wrong side of a partner's affections. A successful Heart Balm claim could also have an impact on custody proceedings or other aspects of the divorce process.
Again, most states do not allow an actual civil proceeding related to a partner's indiscretions. This is something unique to North Carolina state law and can be utilized if your ex-spouse was unfaithful. While it can help to ease the transition of divorce and cool the burn of the incident, it can also help those to move on from such an emotionally charged incident. Getting a favorable outcome in a Heart Balm claim can bring a lot of satisfaction and allow those who suffered from a partner's infidelity to move on.