Alienation of Affection (Defense)

South Dakota is one of the few states left in the nation that allows a spouse to sue another person for alienation of affection – intentionally interfering with a stable marriage, enticing a spouse away, and ruining the marriage – and to obtain monetary damages. Yet there are many defenses, including ignorance of the existence of a marriage, and whether the spouse had already lost their affections for the other spouse. If you’ve been accused of alienation of affection, you need an attorney who understands the law and available defenses on this unique subject.