In some parts of America, the affections of a spouse are considered to be property, protected by the law from theft in much the same way as all the other stuff one owns—cars, houses, cash or dogs. Those stealing the affections of a married person are forced to compensate the cuckolded spouse for the value of the stolen commodity. The price which thieves might be ordered to pay can even amount to millions of dollars. Affections get expensive.
One can get sued in North Carolina for interfering with a family. Whether you are a spouse looking to sue a homewrecker, or you are on the receiving end of this lawsuit, it is smart to chat with a lawyer. Even thought alienation of affections lawsuits are sometimes (inappropriately) used as a bluffing technique, North Carolina is also known for a few very large jury verdicts for alienation of affections.