Question: Was adultery illegal in the UK?

Adultery was outlawed in secular statute law briefly under the Commonwealth of England in the 1650s. The possibility of seeking damages against an adulterer in tort law persisted until the passage of the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1970.

When was adultery Decriminalised in the UK?

1857 con., and was abolished in England in 1857, and the Republic of Ireland in 1976. Another tort, alienation of affection, arises when one spouse deserts the other for a third person. This act was also known as desertion, which was often a crime as well.

Was adultery a crime in UK?

Is Adultery a Crime in The UK? No, its not, but it is one of the reasons for getting a divorce. First, adultery can only be cited as grounds for divorce if your partner has had sex with a person of the opposite sex. If your partner had a relationship with someone of the same sex, thats not adultery under UK law.

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