Most men lose money in a divorce, but one North Carolina man won $750,000. CBS New York explains that Kevin Howard won a hefty lawsuit against his ex-wife’s lover, the man who broke up his marriage. “Under alienation of affection laws, also known as ‘homewrecker’ or ‘heartbalm’ laws, a case can be brought to the court by a spouse who has been deserted because of the actions of a third party,” CBS New York explains.
Howard says that the ex-lover came to he and his wife’s house when he was working, and that he would even occasionally have dinner with him and his children. When his wife approached him about separating, he said, “It was like someone calling you and telling you that a family member had tragically died” according to the local NBC affiliate WITN.
He also explains, “I filed this case because I believe it’s very important that people understand that sanctity of marriage is important especially in this day and age when people question everyone’s morals, people question everyone’s liability of a person, and the state backed me up on it.”
Besides North Carolina, “homewrecker” lawsuits are allowed in Utah, Hawaii, Illinois, New Mexico, Mississippi, and South Dakota.