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  • Obviously! It should carry MMS and strict for 2nd++ offense..

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  • Yes, jailtime.

    4 3.64%
  • Yah, first fine, then jail, mild jail time.

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  • Hmm.. Perhaps..

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    Re: Should adultery be a criminal offense punishable by jailtime?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harshaw View Post
    We already do -- as I said, breach of the marital vows is grounds for divorce. And there are countries which do impose legal penalties.

    I'm not advocating anything here, just providing the legal framework upon which it could be done.
    GOVCO already has the legal framework. Just use the helmet law theory. "Stepping Out" could produce illegitimate children and/or leave current children unsupported. That is a draw on the system so it should illegal.
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    Re: Should adultery be a criminal offense punishable by jailtime?

    Didn't Reagan sign the first No-fault divorce law?
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    Re: Should adultery be a criminal offense punishable by jailtime?

    Quote Originally Posted by talloulou View Post
    Many couples survive affairs and live on to have happy marriages.
    What about the ones that don't?

    What about the ones that just keep on cheating and never get caught?

    I belive this country should take some serious steps to instill better family values and help make marriages a more sacred relationship again...instead of having spouses on the same level as trading in for a new car every 2-5 yrs...

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    Re: Should adultery be a criminal offense punishable by jailtime?

    Quote Originally Posted by RiverDad View Post
    That's why we empower judges with discretion. The plaintiff makes a case about damages and asks for remedy. The defense counters and makes their case. A judge decides.
    We empower judges to enforce the terms of contracts. If the contract doesn't lay out damages, the judge isn't going to do ****. Furthermore, judges do not enforce contracts that are contrary to public policy, which this one most assuredly is.
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    Re: Should adultery be a criminal offense punishable by jailtime?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    Nope. For better for worse, in sickness and in health, 'Till death do us part means severe punishment if one party shows any weakness. Instead of addressing the reasons why people stray, we should jail them!

    Morally bankrupt I tells ya!
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    Re: Should adultery be a criminal offense punishable by jailtime?

    Quote Originally Posted by Phoenix View Post
    It's grounds for divorce according to the state. That would make it breech of contract. I think the technical term is Alienation of affection or something along those lines.

    and is a tort offense in some. I know it is in NC.

    Alienation of affections - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Alienation of affection is a tort action against a third party, not the adulterer.
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    Re: Should adultery be a criminal offense punishable by jailtime?

    Imagine half of the country guarding the other half in jail.

    What a stupid proposition.
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    Re: Should adultery be a criminal offense punishable by jailtime?

    Quote Originally Posted by RiverDad View Post
    A verbal contract is as legally binding as a written contract. The reason that verbal contracts face more challenge in court is because there is little, or no, evidence of them being executed. However, if both parties to a verbal contract went to court and both admitted to the existence of a verbal agreement and the terms of the agreement but one party disputed the contractual nature of the verbal agreement because it wasn't codified in written form, then that party would lose their argument as the judge found the verbal contract did exist and that its terms enforceable.

    Most wedding vows don't make a habit of noting that sexual fidelity is off the table and that the partners can screw around as they please.
    Doing some research on wedding vows, I find some that mention "faithful" but none that specifically mention sexual fidelity.

    Isn't it likely that such an interpretation of "faithful" using webter's:


    Main Entry:
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    Date:
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    1obsolete : full of faith
    2: steadfast in affection or allegiance : loyal
    3: firm in adherence to promises or in observance of duty : conscientious
    4: given with strong assurance : binding <a faithful promise>
    5: true to the facts, to a standard, or to an original <a faithful copy>
    None of these definitions are necessarily violated by a game of hide the sausage. How can we prosecute when the vast majority of vows I've found do NOT mention sexual fidelity? Perhaps it is implied, but in contract law, one must expressly state things to prevent misinterpretations quite often.
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    Re: Should adultery be a criminal offense punishable by jailtime?

    Quote Originally Posted by rivrrat View Post
    Don't need that to get divorced. Just gotta say you want to get divorced.
    That's fine if both parties want it. If only one wants a divorce they are (in general) required to wait a year prior to divorce proceedings starting. In the case of an adultery, one party can file and receive an almost immediate divorce. This being the case the government is essentially establishing marriage as a 1 year daily renewing contract. Barring special circumstances a couple may divorce after 1 year of separation. In light of special circumstances (insanity, Adultery, abandonment) the contract may be dissolved in less than a year.

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    Re: Should adultery be a criminal offense punishable by jailtime?

    Quote Originally Posted by creativedreams View Post
    What about the ones that don't?

    What about the ones that just keep on cheating and never get caught?

    I belive this country should take some serious steps to instill better family values and help make marriages a more sacred relationship again...instead of having spouses on the same level as trading in for a new car every 2-5 yrs...
    I personally think folks should work harder at making marriages work. I've been married 12 years now. Marriages go in phases, ups and downs, etc. Often marriages can be put back together after infidelity depending on the circumstances. Encouraging people to divorce and even further encouraging imprisonment for infidelity is NOT going to help families stay together.

    As far as the person who never gets caught that says as much about the cheater as the one being cheated on in my opinion. If your spouse can cheat for long durations of time without ever getting caught then there are many issues in the marriage on top of the stepping out.

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