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Adultery Defined



Sexual intercourse between a married person and another man/woman. Once the only grounds for divorce in most states. Today courts are more interested in the economic impact of adultery on the marital estate. Though most states only allow no-fault divorce, some judges will take into account things like how much money was spent on the third party during the affair.

The true definition of adultery is up to the parties involved in the situation. Some feel that adultery only existed of there was sexual intercourse. Others feel that flirting and emotional bonding that doesn't include sexual intercourse a form of adultery.

Although the majority of those surveyed believe that adultery is morally wrong, one in three marriages will fall victim to the destruction caused by adultery.

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Also Known As: Infidelity, Extra-Marital Affair, Physical Affair,Cheating

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